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Drabbles

Nope, it’s not a new snack cracker. A Drabble is a very short story: 100 words exactly, no more, no fewer. The gang at Drabblecast.org challenge writers to crunch words into the fine powder that reveals the essence of story, and the … 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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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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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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Don’t Lose Your Voice

A recent critique session raised an interesting question:  How can a writer integrate elements of critiques into their work without losing their unique writing “voice?” More to the point, can a writer change things based on a critique and still … Continue reading

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Basics

Throughout the twelve years of Writerspark’s existence, we have offered daily exercises that we hope have sparked creativity and helped writers find creative possibilities within the seemingly insignificant. Along with those exercises, we have attempted to offer thoughtful critiques that … Continue reading

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“But I’m Just Not Into Poetry.”

“But I’m just not into poetry.” – I’ve heard those words innumerable times from prose writers, both fiction and non-fiction, and it’s understandable. Not every writer aspires to be a poet. Prose writers aspire to short fiction, novellas, even full-length … Continue reading

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