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What the Heck is an Em Dash?

— What the Heck is an Em Dash —

And now, another punctuation term that you probably have never heard before: the em dash.

Truthfully, I was ignorant of the em dash until Joe first approached me about a punctuation post.

So I did what any educated American would do and went straight to Wikipedia. Here’s what I learned.

How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life

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By the end of this post you will be using an excel spreadsheet.

Don’t make that face—I know you’re a writer and not a data analyst. Or if you are a data analyst—I understand that you’re on this blog to get away from you day job. I get it. But guess what? At the suggestion of Randy Ingermason—the creator of the Snowflake Method— I listed all of the scenes in my novel in a nice little Google spreadsheet. It changed my novel-writing life, and doing the same will change yours too.

This New Characterization Technique Could Transform Your Writing

This New Technique Will Transform Your Characterization

Characterization is one of the most important aspects of writing good fiction. Characterization is what gives authors the power to sway their readers. It’s how you get your reader to fall in love with—or despise—the characters in your book.

How to Overcome Writer’s Block While You Sleep

How to Overcome Writer’s Block While You Sleep

I recently dreamed that The Write Practice owner, Joe Bunting, Monica Clark (TWP regular contributor), and I were trapped in a room together overnight. We had to write 100 different blog posts until dawn…or, we died.

I know it sounds silly, but you know how dreams are. It was writing until the death, people! I awoke in a sweat.

Here’s the kicker: Joe wore a mustard-colored matador costume the entire time, complete with the bedazzled knickers and little black hat. I paused occasionally from our brainstorming to persuade him to change into regular clothes, but he refused because it made him more creative.

The next day, I realized….

Our Five Favorite Books on Writing

5 Favorite Books on Writing

A few days ago, I asked our readers what their all-time favorite book on writing was. I heard back from dozens of writers. Many of the favorite writing books I had heard of, but their were a few books I didn’t recognize and had to add to my (long) list of books to read. By the end, I compiled a […]

10 Writing Prompts—Written by Cats and a Dog

10 Writing Prompts—Written by Cats and a Dog

Your writing brain has turned into a lump of frozen hamburger meat. The only way to thaw out your creativity is to write, and if you don’t know what to write, here is a list of writing prompts. A gentle nudge towards getting words on the page. Writing prompts are always helpful. My cats thought writing […]

4 Things Dexter Taught Me About Writing Antiheroes

Antihero: What Dexter Taught Me About Writing Antiheroes

This summer, I’ve been binge-watching my way through the television show Dexter. For those of you unfamiliar (don’t worry, no spoilers here): Dexter is a serial killer. He is also the protagonist of the show.

How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

I’m working on a new short story. However, it’s been a while, since I’ve written a short story, and I’m feeling out of practice. I’m figuring out how to write a short story all over again.

4 Real-Life Starting Points for Story Ideas

As writers and storytellers our heads are often filled with a number of plotlines, characters, and conversations. But there are still times when we struggle to think of story ideas that get us excited; ideas that sees us racing to grab a pen and paper and jot it down before it slips away.

In these moments it feels like you’ll never have a good story idea ever again, right?

I’ll gladly tell you you’re wrong. You just have to look around to see that you’re surrounded by inspiration everywhere you go.

Why Do You Write?

Why Do You Write?

This may be one of the most important questions you ever answer in the course of your writing career. Why? Because there will be days when no one around you—including yourself—believes you can really do this.

On those days, this answer will be crucial.

Read on.