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The Nod and Smile Editing Passes

A reasonably common piece of advice is to be careful not to overuse the words nod and smile. Beats are a lovely alternative to dialogue tags, but we can’t go to the obvious wells too often. I knew this. I’d

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The Hook

No matter what story structure you use, or even if you don’t consciously use story structure at all, every writer should have an understanding of the hook. It is, of course, so named because you want to hook readers at

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