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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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My Problem With Writing Prompts

If you're seeking a bit of inspiration, a fresh perspective, or an end to writer's block, no doubt you've come across sites offering writing prompts.You can scroll through pages of imaginary scenarios and character questionnaires. Before you know it, you'll awaken...

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How to Read Like a Writer

In a class I was teaching recently, a student asked me an unexpected question: How do I read more effectively? He told me he loved reading and he certainly had opinions about the books he read, but he didn't know how to translate those opinions into a method to...

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Research Your Novel and Stay Sane

At some point when you're writing your novel, you'll realize you need to look outside of yourself and your characters for answers. This is true for all genres—historical, sci-fi, contemporary. Even memoir writers don't completely escape the long arm of research. My...

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I’m Reading

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

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