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12 Character Description Secrets (That Only Writers Understand)

Create perfect, visual descriptions of your characters everytime. These writing secrets will help you carve out more intricate, life-like characters.

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Too Many Names? A Tip for Cleaning Up Your Writing

Too Many Names? A Tip for Cleaning Up Your Writing

“The Word of Wigaldir calls you!” “Eternal life in Enga’s arms.” “Fear not, sinners. Lether the Blessed will bring us to salvation!” Like the mating calls of jungle birds, voices sailed over our heads, clamoring for our attention. Bristling with energy and humid with...

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First, You Must Climb Down – Facing Your Unknowns

First, You Must Climb Down – Facing Your Unknowns

I was safe, and I was suffocating. Grass and mud stuck to my legs, and the wet dirt squelched under my sandals. I was on a hill, and all I could do was look, turning from one direction to the next, terrified of making the wrong move. If I move, I will slip. I will...

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Love and Sex and Poetry – What’s Your Favorite?

Love and Sex and Poetry – What’s Your Favorite?

“If my Valentine you won't be, I'll hang myself on your Christmas tree.” -Ernest Hemingway Today, millions of people will be in love. Today, millions of people will be in tears. And today, millions of people probably won't care that it's Valentine's Day. But I care. I...

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Half the Battle (Short Fiction: 150 Words)

Half the Battle (Short Fiction: 150 Words)

It's not Friday, it's not a hundred words or less, but following rules was never really my strong suit. Here is my piece for last week's 'Friday Fictioneers' prompt over at Rochelle's blog. Maybe this week I'll try to be on time.  B and C were tied together at the...

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How Strangers Can Inspire Your Characters

How Strangers Can Inspire Your Characters

If you are a writer, then you are a whole thesaurus of other things too.You are an artist, an architect, a dreamer, a tactician, a politician, an anthropologist, a historian, the list continues. Today, none of these roles are your concern, because today, you are...

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Like Sharks in a Harbor (Flash Fiction)

Like Sharks in a Harbor (Flash Fiction)

Woong counted no less than four alarms when he poked his head into the observation deck. He could pick apart each one: proximity, emergency, something blocking the cargo doors. But the last one, a sort of angry beeping that sounded important had the sound of...

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What Motivates Your Character (and Is It Enough)?

What Motivates Your Character (and Is It Enough)?

You have reasons for coming here (you want to learn more about writing, to communicate as one author to another, or maybe you were baited by that tantalizing title). I have a reason for writing this post (to inform you, to give you a place to discuss, and to ensnare...

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Fear of Writing

Fear of Writing

My name is P.S. Hoffman and I’m afraid of writing. It’s a subtle thing, a small thing that’s hard to notice, but it’s always there. In between every word, there is a pause, a tick where I’m not sure if I can do it, I’m not sure if I can write the next. I’m afraid I...

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Do Writers Talk to Each Other?

Do Writers Talk to Each Other?

Most of the people I’m connected with on the internet are writers: Best-selling novelists, bloggers with heavy clout, and budding new writers.Sometimes I wonder, do the authors and bloggers I follow on twitter know each other? I mean, really know each other. Do they...

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Posting on Wikipedia? + Character Building Excercise

Posting on Wikipedia? + Character Building Excercise

I read this article from The New Yorker. In it, Author Philip Roth (The Human Stain) writes an open letter to Wikipedia about the silliness that can ensue when you try to change a page on Wikipedia. You see, there was an error on The Human Stain's Wikipedia page, one...

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How are YOU preparing for NaNoWriMo?

November is coming! (Already? Dammit!). I'm working with some other social media websites, and I wrote something on Storify about how to prepare for NaNoWriMo: https://storify.com/pshoffman/na-no-wri-mo-and-why-you-should Told you it was a short post! How are YOU...

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Books Too Difficult? Why You Should Read Them Anyway!

I read this article and my brain flopped out of my gaping mouth. The article picks apart some recent statements by bestselling novelist Nick Hornby, and his suggestion that readers should not force themselves to read difficult books. Hornby says, "Novels should be...

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How Much Do You Sell For?

How Much Do You Sell For?

This article in The New York Times bemoans the issues of being a writer; namely, not being paid. The author, Tim Kreider, addresses the frequency of people asking him to write for free. Sickening, isn't it? Kreider ends his tirade by pleading with all writers to...

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The High Mountain (Flash Fiction: 154 Words)

The High Mountain (Flash Fiction: 154 Words)

They lived in the shade of the High Mountain, which made it easier for her. When she came, they were lined up in the streets, heads bowed for their daily prayer. Hundreds of shadows slid down the mountain as her fleet eclipsed the Sun, and the worshipers looked up....

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5 Blogs for Writers (Bonus: Danger?)

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How to Make Your Writing Smell Better

How to Make Your Writing Smell Better

Fog settled over the village and I thought the houses looked like they were huddling together in the cold. One house stood apart from the others, a tilting mess with off-colored smoke pouring out of the chimney. A sign with the word Alchem- etched in fading white...

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7 Useful Writers You Should Follow on Twitter

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