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Sound Bytes: Part 4 of Writing with Sensory Details – Sandi Somers

Sound Bytes: Part 4 of Writing with Sensory Details – Sandi Somers

Beethoven discovered he was losing his hearing as early as age 25. For a musician, nothing could be more disastrous.  In his depression he wrote, “Alas! How could I possibly refer to the impairing of a sense which in me should have been more perfectly developed than in other people, a sense which at one time I possessed in the

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Fiction Writing 101: Part 8 — Janice Dick

Fiction Writing 101: Part 8 — Janice Dick

In my Fiction Writing 101 series, I often refer to James Scott Bell and his writing books and tools, especially Plot & Structure. My copy is well-marked and highlighted. That’s where I first heard the differentiation between an OP and a NOP. OPs are Outline People, NOPs are Non-Outline People. The abbreviations are easy to remember but the meanings tend

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Good Intentions — Brenda Wood

Good Intentions — Brenda Wood

Does anyone else have a closet full of impulsive good intentions? I used to rush out to buy the materials for a new craft I wanted to learn, or fabric for another quilt. I signed up for a class or bought a novel I’d always wanted to read, but because I didn’t make time for the projects, I never sewed

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What are you looking for in a blog — Carolyn R. Wilker

What are you looking for in a blog — Carolyn R. Wilker

The May topic on my newsletter, FineTuned, focused on starting a blog. There I advised writers to begin a blog only if they are serious about continuing it. It takes a lot of content, and some effort to keep it going. And it’s best to have topics broad enough to address week after week and month after month. Such as

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How to Write 9,000 Words per Hour and Not Wear Yourself Out — Jack Popjes

How to Write 9,000 Words per Hour and Not Wear Yourself Out — Jack Popjes

If you are like most writers, you keep a daily journal, not only for the ordinary events of life, but for the more interesting experiences—the stuff of anecdotes—as well as descriptions of people, locations, and ideas for story plots and twists. Those of us who started writing decades ago probably have shelves of handwritten journals, diaries and notebooks. I accumulated

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Writing as Therapy — Nikki Rosen

Writing as Therapy — Nikki Rosen

Little Men by Louisa May Alcott has always been one of my favourite books. It’s a story full of compassion, grace, hope and transformed lives. However, the author is more known for her book, Little Women.  Publisher Thomas Niles suggested Alcott write a book about girls. He thought that would have widespread appeal. At first, Alcott wasn’t interested, but she

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I Don’t Believe in Writing — Pam Mytroen

I Don’t Believe in Writing — Pam Mytroen

I have always felt a little uncomfortable about calling myself a writer, partly because I don’t write full-time, but more because I felt the title constricted me. Calling myself a writer was a betrayal to my deeper calling.  I am so much more than a writer. And so are you. I write, but I am not defined by my writing.

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Touch, The Intimate Sense: Part 3 of Writing with Sensory Details – Sandi Somers

Touch, The Intimate Sense: Part 3 of Writing with Sensory Details – Sandi Somers

Blind and deaf, Helen Keller developed a very refined sense of touch, even able to know that a person was approaching as she felt vibrations on the floor. She learned to “see” people and discern their character through touching different parts of the face. Helen learned to understand speech through feeling the vibrations on a person’s neck, lips, nose and

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Fiction Writing 101:Part 7 — The Plot Thickens — Janice Dick

Fiction Writing 101:Part 7 — The Plot Thickens — Janice Dick

What is plot—besides a piece of ground used to bury dead people? (That’s from James Scott Bell in Plot & Structure.) In my mind, plot is the story itself, with a beginning, middle and end. Of course there are literary works that don’t follow any of the rules, not even as guidelines, but I’m thinking of genre writing. Plot is

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The Elusive Comma — Carolyn R. Wilker

The Elusive Comma — Carolyn R. Wilker

Imagine trying to read a long text without commas or other punctuation. Would it be hard to figure out where one sentence begins and another ends? What about the words in the middle of those sentences? Old English was written that way. With time, punctuation was developed, and some scribes used it more consistently than others. The writer of that

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