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What I’m Learning About Writing from Paris

Paris has always been an inspiration for writers and artists. I’ve been here for a month, now, and I’m certainly not lacking in inspiration. However, you don’t have to go to Paris to get the gift the city has to offer. Here’s what I’ve learned about writing from living in Paris.

3 Reasons You Should Stop Seeking Validation

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As human beings, we have a deep desire to be accepted. We do things to appease others, to make ourselves look better, to not look stupid.

What happens when we take that attitude into our writing? What happens when we deny our inner muse in order to make others happy? In my experience…bad things happen.

Family Photo Writing Prompt

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The people captured in the family photo couldn’t know what would unfold five, 10, 20 years down the road! But you do, the writer who can craft a compelling storyline for one of these six characters-in-process!

What’s the Difference Between Symbol vs. Motif?

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Last week, I blitzed through Veronica Roth’s Divergent in about a day. For as long as it was, it was a really quick read, which is good if I plan on seeing the movie in the next week or so.

3 Steps for a Better Critique Experience

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As writers, we spend a lot of time alone, pouring our hearts onto the page. But if we want to produce the very best work that you can, this isn’t enough. To truly make our work the best it can be, we need fresh eyes. We need to show our work to others willing to pick up that loathed red pen and critique our writing.

How to Easily Write a Great Logline

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What Is a Logline? Defined simply, the logline is a single sentence (sometimes two) that answers the basic question “what is your story about?” In everyday life, you might encounter a logline most frequently in a TV guide or on your DVR. It seems simple, but the art of writing a compelling logline can elude even the most established writer.

How to Write a Book

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The more you talk to people about being a writer, the more you’ll hear people share they too have a dream of writing a book. However, few of them actually get their idea onto paper.

Theme of the Day: Control

A month ago, we took an hour and wrote about pain as a literary theme. Today’s theme is CONTROL. At times painful, at times rewarding, control is one of those elusive, dynamic, yet ever-present forces in human life. It shifts colors the way chameleons walk across the street. It mesmerizes deeper, faster, scarier than you can bungee jump. It prickles the skin and it haunts the psyche.

But control also gives you unimaginable freedom and possibility. Will you embrace it?

What Is Infodumping? And How Can You Avoid It?

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Two summers ago, I started watching Lost. Two Christmases ago, I finished season 2. I’ve already been told not to expect resolution for pretty much anything, so I have been delaying watching the rest of the series so I don’t get too emotionally attached and start having expectations of answers. As a result, I’m still working my way through season 3. I watched two more episodes earlier this month after an 8-month hiatus. Thankfully, there’s the “previously on Lost” montage to get me caught up quickly.

Wikipedia has a fun name for the aforementioned previously-on-Lost montage: infodumping.

Should You Enter A Writing Contest?

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Recently I was shocked to discover that I am a finalist for a writers contest. Are you considering entering a writing contest? Here are some things to consider that I learned from entering writing contests.