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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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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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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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