You may not realize it, but the most common problem with stories is that they’re tepid.

Working with a Cast of Millions

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I’ve mentioned before that many bestselling stories share a common trait: they appeal to broad audiences—old and young, male and female.

When to Stop Polishing a Manuscript

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Many new writers don’t know when to stop polishing a manuscript and move on to the next. Part of the reason for that might have to do with Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway and His Legacy Years ago, a writer asked Hemingway, “How many times should I rewrite a manuscript?” Now, Hemingway hated dumb questions, so he […]

Attributions in Dialog

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Writing clear dialog isn’t hard to do, but many new writers—and some old ones—make some pretty simple mistakes. Here are a few things to be wary of and that you should know.

Performing Your Tale

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Many writers will recommend that as you edit your tale, you do a final read-through so that you can see how the story sounds.


Buying Something In Euros Cash

I’ve said before that every story should have an emotional payoff. Yet far too often, I read stories where the payoff is weaker than it should be, or it isn’t there at all.

Three Mistakes in Tone

How to write style and tone

One of the most common problems I see with new writers is a “mistake in tone.” You know what I mean if you’ve ever played in a band. A new kid comes in, you’re trying to play a song, and he blats out a sour note on a trumpet. The same thing happens in writing.

Plotting Your Story

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You often begin plotting your story with little in mind—a powerful image or an emotion that we want to capture, a clever idea for a twist.