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You Gotta Wind Up Where You Started From by Janice L. Dick

You Gotta Wind Up Where You Started From by Janice L. Dick

Beginnings and endings are the most important parts of our stories, besides the middles! Each part is essential. Take a look at I Corinthians 12:21ff, “. . . the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ ” Our stories would be incomplete without the necessary

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What Gerald Did Next by Brenda J. Wood

What Gerald Did Next by Brenda J. Wood

Ever read a mystery that left you flabbergasted? The murderer was not the suspect you had in mind. How did that happen? There wasn’t a clue—or at least not one you figured out. So how did the writer pull it off? Quite possibly they were surprised too.

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A Three Act Sandwich by Tracy Krauss

A Three Act Sandwich by Tracy Krauss

Building a Sandwich You may be familiar with the good old sandwich analogy. Take two pieces of bread—the beginning of the story and the ending—and layer the rest of the ingredients in between. This is the basic three act structure that fits almost every kind of fiction, no matter if it’s a play, a short story, or even a full

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Are You Hooked? by Steph Beth Nickel

Are You Hooked? by Steph Beth Nickel

NONFICTION OPENINGS “Imagine for a moment that one of your favorite female Bible characters were to somehow travel through time to the modern day. What would Esther, or Ruth, or Mary Magdalene think as they stared, amazed, at our lives?” (opening of Chapter 1 of The Life Ready Woman: Thinking in a Do-It-All World by Shaunti Feldhahn and Robert Lewis)

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Opinion Pieces Need Muscled Middles by Pamela Mytroen

Opinion Pieces Need Muscled Middles by Pamela Mytroen

Nonfiction has unique challenges with middles. A reader may notice that the body of the piece flops around in too many directions rather than delivering a muscled middle. This divergence should be addressed at the very beginning of every opinion piece by developing a focused thesis.

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What is a Poem? by Violet Nesdoly

What is a Poem? by Violet Nesdoly

In my last blog post I asked and tried to answer this question: “What is poetry?” Even as I was coming to my conclusion, I realized I would need to answer another question before we went on to other things poetic: “What is a poem?”.

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Like an Oreo by Steph Beth Nickel

Like an Oreo by Steph Beth Nickel

When I was thinking about middles, the ever-popular Oreo cookie came to mind. (Advertising at its best since I don’t particularly care for them.) I wonder what would happen if we tried writing a scene or an entire chapter that would fall smack dab in the middle of our story.

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Middles by Janice L. Dick

Middles by Janice L. Dick

Middles have a way of sagging. I’m talking about books, of course! (adapted from http://www.coloring.ws/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.coloring.ws/animals/horses/horse7.gif)

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10 Excuses I Hear Most Often

10 Excuses I Hear Most Often

Thanks to Brenda Wood for sharing Lucy V. Hay’s post. 1. “I wish . . .” Stop it. Just stop it. You want to write? Do it. You want to try your hand at another type of writing? Do it. You want to change genres? Do it. DO IT! You get the gist. Life is too short. You might die

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Take Charge of Your Writing Life by Tracy Krauss

Take Charge of Your Writing Life by Tracy Krauss

For most of the writers I know, finding ideas to write about is not an issue. Finding the time to craft these ideas into something worthy of sharing is another thing altogether. It takes effort. It takes discipline. It takes a certain amount of dogged determination.

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