Suspension of Disbelief: What is it and How to Use it
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by Robert Wood
1M ago
Suspension of disbelief is a natural impulse – not something you have to help your reader achieve, but rather something you have to avoid ruining. Keep reading: Suspension of Disbelief: What is it and How to Use it ..read more
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What is Conflict in a Story, and Why Should I Care?
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by Robert Wood
1M ago
To many writers, conflict is the basic unit of story – the thing that turns a series of events into an actual narrative – often more important than setting, characters, and even narrative cohesion. After all, you can lose all of those features of a story and still write something that grips the reader. Keep reading: What is Conflict in a Story, and Why Should I Care ..read more
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Your Quick And Easy Guide To Editing Dialogue
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by Robert Wood
1M ago
Whether you’re writing fiction, non-fiction, or something in-between, it’s likely that, at some point, your characters are going to start talking. That’s your book’s dialogue, and what’s tricky about it is that it comes with its own set of rules, tangential to regular prose. Keep reading: Your Quick And Easy Guide To Editing Dialogue ..read more
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5 Ways Harlan Ellison Can Help You Improve Your Writing
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by Robert Wood
1M ago
Hot-headed, outspoken, and litigious, Ellison was a source of a lot of advice in his lifetime, and so today we’ll be sifting through his thoughts and exploring what modern authors can learn Keep reading: 5 Ways Harlan Ellison Can Help You Improve Your Writing ..read more
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5 Things You Should Know If You’re Writing About The Internet
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by Robert Wood
1M ago
Some of the ways we used to think about the internet no longer apply, while some of the larger realities of online influence remain hidden. That’s why, in this article, I’ll be looking at five things authors should know when writing about the internet. Keep reading: 5 Things You Should Know If You’re Writing About The Internet ..read more
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How To Write Characters Who Actually Like Each Other
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by Robert Wood
1M ago
One of the problems of writing characters who actually like each other is that much of the value of friendship goes unspoken in day-to-day life. Friends don’t spend all their time explaining why they like each other or unpicking the positive qualities of their relationship. Keep reading: How To Write Characters Who Actually Like Each Other ..read more
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If You Write In MS Word, You Need To Know About These 6 Features
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by Robert Wood
1M ago
Microsoft Word is a word processor that’s been around since 1983, and Microsoft are likely to keep releasing new iterations as long as they’re interested in computers. It’s ubiquitous, compatible with pretty much everything, and, when used for basic tasks, simple to operate. Keep reading: If You Write In MS Word, You Need To Know About These 6 Features ..read more
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How To Actually Write Every Day
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by Robert Wood
1M ago
In this article, I’ll be telling you exactly how to actually write every day, with the guarantee that whoever you are, however busy your days or unconquerable your writer’s block, you can benefit from the simple instructions below. Keep reading: How To Actually Write Every Day ..read more
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Is It Better To Be A Hopper Or A Marcher?
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by Robert Wood
1M ago
Marching is the technique of starting on page one and then writing your first draft from beginning to end, all in chronological order. Like someone marching along, you keep putting one foot in front of the other, forcing yourself on until the job is done. Keep reading: Is It Better To Be A Hopper Or A Marcher ..read more
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David Sedaris MasterClass Review: Is It Worth Your Money?
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by Rebecca Langley
1M ago
David Sedaris’ course ‘Storytelling and Humor’ is unsurprisingly charming and, well, funny. Much of the content feels more like an evening by the fire with a tremendously entertaining and classy friend than a rigorous writing course. Keep reading: David Sedaris MasterClass Review: Is It Worth Your Money ..read more
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