Prepositions Can be Confusing

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  Are you confused by Prepositions? Prepositions can be mystifying. We hope this article will clear up some of the mystery. A preposition shows the relationship between its object and another word in the sentence. We say prepositional phrase because a preposition needs a noun to make sense. The noun completes the phrase.   Example:  Up Read More »

Writing Magic with Words

         Every Writer Can Make Magic With Words Like a magician we must learn our craft. Creative writing is like dealing in magic. We create something from nothing with the flick of our wrist and nimble fingers. Our greatest achievement is to create moments that take our audience’s breath away. Just like Read More »

78 Words to Use Instead of Ask to Write Killer Speech Tags

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                  Why Use Dialog Writers have two ways to tell a story: Dialog and Narrative (prose). Narrative can easily become boring. To improve your writing strive to include some dialog on every page. Using alternate words for ask will spice up your dialog. Contents:   9 Tricks for writing Read More »

50 Words to NEVER Use Instead of Said plus 240 Words to Use

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             Writing effective compelling dialog is not easy.            This post will show you how and give you the tools to write dynamic dialog. Yes, there are 50 words writers use all the time to replace said. Words that should never be used in a dialog Read More »

How to Engage your Readers with a Theme

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A Compelling Theme Produces an Inner Richness to Your Story. I know, you say, I am writing a murder mystery, I don’t need a theme. Guess What? Every story needs a theme, a moral premise, if it is to be memorable. From ancient times stories have been told and retold about virtuous heroes and heroines. Audiences Read More »

How to Choose a Point-of-View for your Story

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          Choosing a point-of-view can be tricky. When John first started writing, we did what most writers do; we wrote in first-person. It was John’s story and he wanted to tell it in his own voice. Our more recent writing  has been done in third person. We have found several advantages to  writing Read More »

Villains, How to Create Sensational Villains

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  Every great story requires conflict. Villains are a fantastic source of conflict. A villain is something or someone who complicates life for the main character. In order for the hero/heroine to be strong, honorable and passionate, the writer must create a villain who is just as strong, evil and passionate. The more we despise Read More »