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Month: December 2015

The Importance of Point of View: Part I: The Types of POV

Welcome to the beginning of a short series of posts on point of view (POV). Point of view, or the perspective from which a story is told, is so very important, yet so many writers either neglect to choose it carefully or else fail to use it to its full…


Character Motivation: Sunday Reblog

Should your characters change during your story? The state of your the actors in your plot can drive your story or make it stagnant. This excerpt from an older post at is worth another look. Read on.     4 Ways to Motivate Characters and Plot Some of your…

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WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: Photo Writing Prompt 5

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What Is a Beta Reader? (Updated November 2017)

“What is a beta reader?” As a writer and editor, I am a member of many writing groups, both online and off, and I hear this question with surprising frequency. For simplicity, you can head over to Wikipedia and get this definition: “[A] beta reader…is a non-professional reader who reads…

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SUNDAY REBLOG: Writing Mechanics: Scene Structure as a Mini Novel | Live Write Thrive

Is your scene structure moving your story forward? This week’s reblog comes from C. S. Lakin’s Live Write Thrive. It is the final installment in a series of 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing. This month we wrap up our yearlong look at the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing.…

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