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- 7 Reasons you need story theory | HELPING WRITERS BECOME AUTHORS
Just as in fiction itself, the writer’s life is marked by several major turning points–perhaps the most important of which is discovering story theory.
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‘Don’t use adverbs. Only ever use descriptive verbs.’ This is a writing ‘rule’ often repeated, partly thanks to Stephen King’s strong views on the subject. It’s true that beginning authors often use adverbs to cover up bland dialogue or action.
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- Tips for creating voice in your writing | WRITER’S DIGEST
Ask any agent or editor what they look for in a manuscript and inevitably they’ll say they’re looking for voice. A strong voice. A unique voice. An original voice. A realistic voice. But how do you ensure you and your main character possess this? That’s the billion-dollar question, isn’t it?
- How to use question marks with quotation marks | THE WRITE PRACTICE
We’ve covered when to use quotation marks. But when you throw question marks and exclamation points into the mix, things can get a little tricky. Let’s demystify this quotation mark conundrum, shall we?
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- Where does your story actually begin? | ROMANCE UNIVERSITY
Where does your story actually begin? “Once upon a time” is a nice intro but maybe even fairy tales include too much backstory.
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In this week’s episode Rick Ramage talks about how he broke into the business and built a successful screenwriting career. We also talk about his new screenwriting course, The Screenplay Show.
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Some issues are tough to narrow down to a sound bite, despite our media’s best efforts. There are matters that shouldn’t be watered down. They deserve a story. The power of story allows us to communicate with each other in ways that defy the articulation of human language.
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Every debut author dreams of the moment when she stands up in front of a crowd of admiring fans and talks brilliantly about her new book.
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As great an accomplishment as this is, publication is not the end of your book’s journey. Marketing your book is the next key to its success.
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This is a BIG deal. Not only because I’m a self-published author, but also because authorship is what I’ve spent the last 8+ years of my life writing about. Since the first day I started my blog back in 2008, I’ve been writing about how to be a productive writer.
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