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To Prologue or Not to Prologue…

If you want to start a heated debate at your next writing group, ask if you should include a prologue in your novel. Many writers love prologues, but many readers (and therefore agents) aren’t keen on them. As with many things, there’s no right or wrong answer. Let’s take look at both sides.

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Find Your Writer’s Voice

When I was a writing student, one of my professors said, “Once you find your voice, this story will really shine.” As if, like my house keys, I'd simply misplaced my voice and would find it again somewhere I least expected it like inside the freezer or behind a potted...

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How to Overcome Writer’s Burnout

Last summer I'd just put the finishing touches on a short story when the idea for a new story was brewing. I was in the early planning stages, uncovering the characters and developing their stories. I had a solid plan of where the plot would take them. Then suddenly,...

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Why “Show, Don’t Tell” Is All Wrong

If you've been writing for more than five minutes, you've heard this old saw: Show, don't tell. There is value in this message—whether you're writing a short story, novel or memoir. But I think the takeaway gets overpowered by the mantra. Let's dig into what it really...

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Writing Exploration: Seeking Color

Color affects our mood. It is used in healing and therapy. It has different symbolic meanings in different cultures. We gravitate toward certain colors and shy away from others. Everything around us has a color and we’re often assigning value to it based on the color.

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I’m Reading

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

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