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How Do You Get Past Your Writing Road Blocks?

How Do You Get Past Your Writing Road Blocks?

Sticking with your writing goals requires tenacity.  Doggedness.  Persistence. It means finding a way past the road blocks that appear in your way. We probably all have slightly different blocks. It might be lack of time, or lack of focus. It might be someone… Continue reading

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Fear, Courage and Superheroes: 5 Posts on Writing and Audacity

Fear, Courage and Superheroes: 5 Posts on Writing and Audacity

One of the things I enjoy doing when I’m writing to a monthly theme (this month, audacity) is watch out for posts that capture or reflect it.  Here are 5 that I’ve enjoyed reading this month. Cultivating a Writing Habit Chris Continue reading

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On Sentences, Syllables and Simplicity

You can learn a lot from paying attention to the way sentences are constructed, and the way they work.  Especially sentences or paragraphs that ‘speak’ to you, or have a powerful effect. Here’s an example of a simple sentence and some illuminating analysis.  The analysis iss from Stephen King’s On Writing, about a sentence from [...]

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How Do You Know When The Words Need to Go?

How Do You Know When The Words Need to Go?

Read over your compositions, and where ever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out - Samuel Johnson How do you know when some of your words need to go?  When there are bits of prose which - however sparkling - deserve to end up on the cutting room [...]

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When Adjectives are Necessary

When Adjectives are Necessary

When you catch an adjective, kill it So wrote Mark Twain, so it must be right.  Plus it’s the name of a book.  And it’s deeply quotable, so easily found on a google search for adjectives. But… how does a quote like that help you work out when and how to make use of adjectives?  [...]

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