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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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Revision: Exquisite Pleasure?

So you managed to get all those words onto your page — Your masterpiece. The story poured as freely and as powerfully from your imagination as water over Niagara Falls, each syllable electric! Your work is finally done. Well… actually… … Continue reading

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