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Ruthanne Reid: Editor, Becoming Writer, 100 Day Book, Moderator
Member since December 10, 2014

Spouse of geek, mother of cat, teller of tales. Owns a lot of things that need to be plugged in.

Website: http://ruthannereid.com

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The Powerful Reason You Should Tell Your Story
by Ruthanne Reid in The Powerful Reason You Should Tell Your Story
12:26 pm on December 13, 2017

For a lot of us, this has been a rough year, a tiring year, a painful year.

Some years carry a heavier toll than others, and this is one of them. Yet in spite of that—or maybe because of it—there’s something you need to do: tell your story. I know how tired you are. I know some of you you don’t feel heard. I know some of you might fear you don’t matter.

You do.

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing
by Ruthanne Reid in Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing
08:30 am on October 17, 2017

Some of you may have noticed that the esteemed Mr. Gaiman is my favorite living author. Even if he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it’s hard not to notice him: books, graphic novels, award after award—the man is prolific and very good at what he does. So when I realized he had eight rules of writing, you better believe I beelined to read them. And guess what? They’re fantastic … with a few explanations. Read on for more.

Characterization: 6 Revealing Prompts to Know Your Character Better
by Ruthanne Reid in Characterization: 6 Revealing Prompts to Know Your Character Better
11:18 am on September 20, 2017

Here’s the underlying principle: your characters are people. People are complicated; I suspect you might know a few. Characters are much the same way. Your reader will relate to them if they behave like people, and for characters to behave like people, they need to be built like people.

You need to know your characters like you do other humans, and these six prompts will help you pull that off.

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