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How, When, and Where do You Write?

How, When, and Where do You Write?

Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash There is no one correct way to write a story. Great fiction has been written in million dollar offices on fancy computers, in fast food restaurants on notebooks, on iPhones in the subway, on a roll of prison toilet paper. As long as you have a writing tool and a bit of…

An Ending with Consequence

An Ending with Consequence

Photo by nikko macaspac on Unsplash Nothing beats a really satisfying ending. Nail your ending and the reader will shut your book with a smile on their face and an eagerness to find out what else you’ve written. But execute your ending poorly and you’ll leave them with a sour taste in their mouth and earn yourself unflattering…

How to Punctuate Dialogue

How to Punctuate Dialogue

Photo by Jake Blucker on Unsplash Punctuating dialogue is often tricky for writers. And this makes total sense because when you look at a page of dialogue, a lot of what’s happening seems contradictory: there’s a period being used at the end of a phrase of dialogue here, but a comma there; on one line, the first word…

Exercises: Get to Know Your Characters

Exercises: Get to Know Your Characters

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash So you’ve found and named a protagonist, gave him a best friend, a dog, a mom, and a few other supporting characters. You’re ready to go! Except, you don’t really know your characters all that well yet. You have their hair and eye color figured out, but their personality traits are still…

Dialogue Tags and Speaking Denotation

Dialogue Tags and Speaking Denotation

Photo by Aleksandra Mazur on Unsplash He said, she said, Gary said. All of these are dialogue tags. Their purpose is letting the reader know who just said, or is about to say, a line of dialogue, which is pretty important if you want your reader to be able to imagine who’s speaking. But there’s more to letting…

Finding & Naming Characters

Finding & Naming Characters

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash Your story can have the coolest world-building and biggest ideas ever, but unless your readers love the characters you create, your writing will fall flat. We are drawn to stories because of the characters: characters we want to be, characters we fall in love with, characters we hate…but have so much fun…