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Writing Novellas Helps You Hone Tighter Writing Skills by Catherine Chant

Crafting a novella is a great way to learn to write tighter, which helps with novels as well, but is very important with writing a novella. Due to the novella’s shorter length, the story needs to move quickly. You don’t have time for long car journeys and heavy introspection. Economy of words has never been …
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Hearing Voices: Tips for Writing Teen Dialog by Catherine Chant

Authentic teen dialog starts with creating distinct character voices, so they don’t all sound the same. Ideally, you shouldn’t need speech tags all over the place to indicate who is speaking. Word choices and character actions go a long way in painting a clear picture of who says what without interrupting the story flow. It’s …