Monthly Archives: May 2012

How Does Your Character React?

I’ve spent quite a few days mulling over this very question. In order to make my protagonist believable, I need him to react and emote in a believable way. Being the logical chap that I am, I broke the reactions … Continue reading

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Use Character Tics Logically

Ever read that character who slams the table every time she’s upset or raising an eyebrow when he’s interested. Tics and mannerisms can add flavor to characters, yet they’re also the providence of the cliché. Nothing’s worse than using a … Continue reading

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How to Slash Word Count on Your Manuscript

We’ve all been there. Whether it’s a short story contest with a tight word count, or a publisher who wants a manuscript under so many thousand words, you have to cut some precious material out of your narrative. It’s true. … Continue reading

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We Need a Muse to Kick Our Butt

Muses are supposed to inspire. But does that mean they get to sit back and be all ethereal and flowery with the prose? Heck no. I know that I need a kick-butt, take charge muse. A drill sergeant. One who’ll … Continue reading

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Know Your Sh—, uh, Stuff

By JAMES R. RIFFEL I am an unapologetic generalist. I know some about a lot of things. It is typical that in the same day at work, I can end up writing articles about an election campaign, a local government … Continue reading

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Book Reviewing Exercises Different Muscles

by Lee Polevoi Any good writer reads, a lot, because there’s plenty to learn about crafting sentences, setting moods, introducing characters and simply moving them from room to room. But a different muscle gets exercised when you review books—novels, in … Continue reading

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Don’t Make Your Writing Labyrinthine

Do you ever travel up and down the aisles of the supermarket, searching for that one item, yet never finding it? Or worse yet, perhaps the store has conspired against you and rearranged your carefully mapped out aisles. It’s enough … Continue reading

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