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The Art Of Description: How Much Do You Need?

Originally posted on Allison Maruska:
One of my favorite books is Stephen King’s On Writing, and one of my favorite parts of that book is when he describes the rabbit. Remember that part? After a few sentences, readers pictured a…

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Advice from a Writers of the Future Contest Judge

Okay, so this is a good news/bad news scenario. I entered the Writer’s of the Future Contest (http://www.writersofthefuture.com/), which I highly recommend, even though they rejected me. Ms. Joni Labaqui, the contest director, carried out the dubious honors of telling

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Ten Ways to Use Hyphens with Numbers

Do I hyphenate twentieth-century or not? And what about one-and-a-half? It can be confusing. First of all, Grammar Book cautions us that when hyphens are used to indicate a range, as in 30-40 yards away, a space is never used around

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Play Fortunately, Unfortunately–And Liven Up Your Plot

Today’s post is an absolutely brilliant one by Emma Darwin on adding conflict. I tend to go too easy on my characters at times. I love them too much, and when I have to make their lives a living hell,

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34 Writing Terms For Serious Writers

Part of being a writer is expanding your knowledge of our craft. A better vocabulary about the technical aspects of writing can help you to become a more proficient wordsmith. It’s very difficult to speak intelligently about something if you

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Writing Contests

Contests are a terrific way to spur your productivity. I’ve been putting some thought into these lately, and I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. All of these have NO entry fee. Blog Battle–happens weekly at¬†http://rachaelritchey.com/category/weekly-entries-to-blogbattle/. Follow

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Split Infinitives

Originally posted on Hannah McCall:
An infinitive is the form of a verb made by adding to to its stem (e.g. to go or to do). It is often argued that there should never be anything between the to and…

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