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Why Exercise?

Whether you’re an accomplished writer or just starting out on your wordly path, there will be times when you either run out of ideas, are looking for something different to write about or simply looking for a diversion from your … Continue reading

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Adjectives Suck…

Adjectives suck the energy from your prose. Well, maybe not always, but much of the time. We touched on the concept of “show, don’t tell” in a past discussion that dealt with the importance of concrete nouns and active verbs. … Continue reading

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Your Second 1,000 Days in Writerspark Uploaded

Just completed work on my newest eBook, Your Second 1,000 Days in Writerspark:  One Thousand Tight Writing Exercises, Volume 2. Kindle, nook and PDF versions have been uploaded and should be available for purchase within the next 24 hours. All … Continue reading

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Opening Sentence – Your Story’s Billboard

Want to lose readers before you’ve had them? Write a truly weak opening sentence. Uninspired beginnings suggest that entire books or stories are equally uninspired. If the author doesn’t care enough to make things interesting, why should you be interested … Continue reading

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Not Writing Writing

Most people — I’d wager even most writers — tend to think of writing as the act of sitting at a desk and putting words onto pages with a pen, pencil, typewriter or word processor. While this might be technically … Continue reading

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“Your First 1,000 Days in Writerspark: One Thousand Tight Writing Exercises, Vol. 1″

I’d like to announce the eBook debut of our first in a series of eBooks that will share the more than 3,400 exercises that I created for my Writerspark online creative writing group. Volume one, which contains our first 1,000 … Continue reading

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Start Styling!

Are your Word documents in style? Don’t worry, that question will make sense in a few minutes. Over the past 12 years I have amassed a collection of more than 3,400 individual writing exercises that I created for submission to … Continue reading

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Objectivity: Your Most Powerful Writing Tool

All writers can benefit from having someone to critique their work, whether that work is poetry, fiction or non-fiction. We writers tend to view our work as either nearly infallible or severely flawed. We’re a fickle breed. Thus, an objective … Continue reading

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It’s What You Know

There’s a fundamental bit of writerly wisdom that suggests that in order to write compelling or even marketable work you should “Write what you know.” Unfortunately, many beginning and even not so beginning writers take this to mean they should … Continue reading

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Simile: Like Writing With A Camera

In the short story “Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched,” author Steve Almond, Best American Short Stories of 2010, the character Oss has a gambling problem. One night, upon his arrival home, his wife confronts him after discovering his addiction. When … Continue reading

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