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If You’re Not Writing Persuasively, You’re Not Writing

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We writers persuade readers all the time. This is the power we writers hold in our hands. As with any great power, comes great responsibility. If you are a writer of any kind, respect your power. Above all, be kind to all those restaurants with typos in their menus!

Let’s explore a few different ways to persuade our readers for today’s practice.

Kinesthesia: Definition and Examples for Writers

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It’s kind of fun when words that refer to literary techniques have their origin in other disciplines. Take kinesiology, for example. I had several friends in college who were kinesiology majors, which means that they studied the science of human movement. That general idea of movement is also reflected in today’s new literary word: kinesthesia.

Is Third-Person the Right Point of View for You?

Last time in this three-part series The Write Practice shared tips on the first person narrative. Next time we will discuss the omniscient voice. Today, is all about writing in the third-person.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals for Writers (and Those Who Love Them)

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Black Friday evokes the best and worst of humanity. It’s a day of generosity, when people sacrifice their sleep, their time, and their sanity to get the best gifts possible for their friends and family. It’s also a day when people get trampled to death (sometimes literally) by mobs of crazed consumers.

Luckily for those of us who prefer to steer clear of the mob but still want to treat the ones we love (and ourselves!) to the best, there are plenty of deals to be found online. In this post are a few great offers we’ve found for writers and those who love them.

I’m Thankful for Writing. How About You?

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It’s nearly Thanksgiving in the U.S. If you’re like me, every time you go on Facebook, someone is posting what they’re thankful for, the thirty days of thankfulness I believe it’s called. In the spirit of the season, today, I want to talk about one thing I’m very thankful for: writing.

Here’s Why It’s Important To Call Yourself A Writer

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My mother kept saying to me, “You should be chasing mice for a living. You are not a writer. You are a mouser.”

My biggest problem was I believed what my mother said. I didn’t believe in myself.

After reading Mr. Goins book, You Are A Writer, I realized the only way to be a writer, was to act like one.

3 Tips for Writers Who Are NOT Their Own Worst Critic

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Confession: I am not my own worst critic.

This fact goes against The Writer’s Code. Shouldn’t I feel embarrassed by my writing? Shouldn’t I review my words on the page and cringe?

10 Writing Tips from Ursula Le Guin

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At the National Book Awards a few nights ago, Ursula Le Guin was honored with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a fancy sounding award that basically means she’s the bomb (she really is).

5 Rules of Writing From Pixar

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I love Pixar. There hasn’t been one movie they made that I didn’t like. My family goes to see the new Pixar movie every summer right after it comes out. So when I saw this picture on Pinterest sharing Pixar’s twenty-two rules of storytelling, I saved the picture right away. I go back to it constantly for inspiration, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorite rules with you. Here are my five favorites.

In Medias Res: Definition and Examples for Writers

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One way to tell a story is to introduce the reader to the environment of the story. Descriptions of foliage and dirt roads, or of skyscrapers and clanging subway gears, can get the reader acclimated to the setting and can be a way to introduce the protagonist as a product of their surroundings.

But sometimes you just don’t have the patience for that. You want to hit the ground with the plot running at full speed, and once you’ve gotten the reader’s attention and piqued their curiosity, then maybe you explain what’s going on and how things got here.

Welcome to the world of in medias res.