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Precision Workshop: Choosing the Right Word PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 April 2011 03:25

I've written at least half a dozen versions of this opening sentence. Ironically, this week's workshop is about how to choose the right word.

What is the right word? It's the one which best evokes the emotional response you desire in your reader. To decide this first decide which quality you can convey that will best elicit that emotion. Keep that quality in mind as we peruse our minds for the perfect word.

 
Dialogue Workshop PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 April 2011 03:34

This week's workshop is getting back to basics again - dialogue. Dictionaries define it as having two or more persons conversing, but in fiction we can probably be a little more liberal in our definition. It could be verbal outbursts of a sole character with no others present, sign language, or instance messages. You may even consider psychic communications to be dialogue within science fiction, paranormal and fantasy genres. Any time a character attempts a language-based communication, whether or not there is someone to receive that communication, we'd probably consider it dialogue. Most of the time, it's speaking. Let's discuss how dialogue can best serve our stories.

 
Federate Your Avatar, Indie Learning, and Editor's Eyes PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 March 2011 01:18

This week I've got a few great resources for indie authors, and a tip for getting your avatar displaying on more sites.

 
Unexpected Answers PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 27 March 2011 23:18

Until today, I'd not experienced one of the moments of awareness I've read about on other author's blogs. The culmination of events which lead them to realize what their drive is, why they write, and the perspective they can offer the rest of the world.

 
Immersion Workshop: Describing While Maintaining Pace PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 March 2011 06:00

Two of the first things we are told as writers is to immerse readers in our fictional world and to keep our writing tightly paced to maintain their interest. Providing description enhances immersion, but if you just dump it in your pacing will suffer. Let's talk about how we can have it all.

 
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