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Getting the Details Right Or How not to piss off the Geeky Author! By Sascha Illyvich

Details matter Ever think about the simple details in your stories? You write this 100,000-word opus with beautiful scenery, extravagant dialogue, wonderful characters filled with conflict and the publishers love it. The agents love it. The editors love it. They sell it. The public picks it up. (Keep going! This is fantasy!) They read it …
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POV – It’s More Than a Point of View by Shannon Donnelly

Viewpoint in any story is closely tied to the writer’s voice. This may be why writers struggle with viewpoint—they’re also working on figuring out their own voice. It may seem easy to just say to someone—write your stories all in first person. But if that’s not working for the writer’s voice, those stories are not …
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Three-Dimensional Writing by Karen S. Wiesner

Applied to writing, the word three-dimensional is easy to define as solid, realistic, rounded, and lifelike, even living. The hard part for authors comes in translating these concepts into the craft of writing. Most writers know what is not three-dimensional writing. Simple words and phrases convey what’s lacking: flat, cardboard, paper doll, archetypal, convenient to …
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On Sounding Interesting While Getting the Point Across by Beth Daniels

Do you think that writing a novel length story is tough? Well, try taking that 60,000, 85,000, 100,000 or more words and reducing it down to a mere 500 words, or even down to 120 words! That’s definitely a writer’s Seventh Level of Hell. Editors call it a synopsis, one of a mere two to …