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36 Writing Tips

Last week I was supposed to be at FanX in Salt Lake City, but I got sick and had to miss it. However there is a nice article about one of the panels, and it covers 36 writing tips. So for today's tip, I'd like to share the link to it. You can read it

The Perfect Story: Escalate

The perfect story escalates smoothly from scene to scene, creating a sense of rising action. I’ve spoken before about ways that stories can escalate. There really are only two ways—through deepening a conflict, making it so that it affects the protagonists more profoundly; or through broadening, so that the conflict affects more people. But a

Protect Your Kitty

If you’re going to become a professional writer, you need to make sure that you can support yourself while you write your novels. That’s because once you write a novel, it might take time to sell it, to edit it, and to actually publish it—and even if you end up with a bestseller, your royalties

The Perfect Story: Guidance

A perfect story guides the reader’s attention—his senses, thoughts, emotions, and imagination. Once I was reading a story by a new author.  The author had a fine imagination in many ways, but was terrible at guiding the attention of the reader.  For example, when an important figure was to make a first appearance on a

Take Courage

As a writer, are you willing to take the steps that you need to, in order to succeed? The other day, I got to visit with my nephew. He works as a very successful physical therapist, and said, “You know, I often have people ask me how to become a physical therapist, and so I

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Writing on the Run

Many wannabe writers are pretty sedentary. We tend to watch too much television, read too much, play video games too much, and chat online too much. When we do work, we sit too much. But over the years I’ve noticed that the most productive writers tend to have one thing in common—they exercise. One of

The Perfect Story: Promise

I’ve been working on a series of articles on what constitutes a perfect story, and so far I’ve concentrated on some of the qualities that such a story would have.  I could go on in that vein for another week, but suffice it to say that a perfect story will exhibit plenty of virtues that

The KAV Cycle, Part 2

In my last article, I talked about how you can begin to maximize your audience by appealing to all of the senses, and I spoke about appealing to kinetic, audio, visual, and scent in particular. In theory, this will help you reach 100% of your audience. But as with most elements of writing, it can

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The KAV Cycle, Part 1

Each of us is accustomed to taking in information, to learning, in our own way.  Some people learn things by doing.  For example, a mechanic might learn how to use his hands to manipulate wrenches and screwdrivers so that he can tear apart a car engine, virtually in the dark.  While another person might find

The Perfect Story: Economy

Some virtues that would be found in a perfect story almost go without saying.  For example, a perfect tale would be economical.  There are a number of ways that a story can lack economy.  Most authors probably think here that I’m going to harp on descriptions that are overwritten, or conversations that don’t need to