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10 Soft Skills You Should Have by Graduation (and How to Master Them)

Most employers are looking for more than just a degree and some retail experience when they set out to hire new grads. In fact, many of them are looking for these soft skills with new job postings. 1. Naturally Curious and Adaptable Employe...

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Show, Don’t Tell, and Exposition

(~5 minutes read) Show, Don’t Tell, and Exposition ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ is a storytelling technique for creating an experience for the reader. It aims to shift the reader emotionally closer to the story. Done well, it ...

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Developing Military Characters in Literary Fiction

(~8 Minute Read) Writers, whether for scripts or other fiction, make a lot of mistakes with depicting military members. Sometimes to the point that it gets so obnoxiously cliché or romanticized that it is hard to watch or read. We’ve all...

How to Stop Freaking Out and Nail Your Presentation

You hear presentation, but your brain hears SABRE-TOOTHED TIGER! Why? Because your brain is still basically wired the same as it was in cave-people days. So…how exactly are you, with the brain of a cave-person, expected to nail your prese...

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How to flesh out a setting?

Don’t do the five-senses-role-call. EG, the “character enters the room and mentally describes the taste of the air” kind of approach. There’s a lot of “top ten writing advices” articles out there suggesti...

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How to tell a Genre Story

(~7 Minute Read) We want our story to be gripping. We want it to stay in our reader’s minds. We want to entertain, we want to challenge, we want to fire our reader’s passion so that they’ll read our next story. But writing...

Fridays With Dale: Send Me Flowers

  Send Me Flowers By Dale Angel She said, “Son, give me flowers while I’m living, not after I’m dead and can’t see and    smell and touch them.” He was helping to build space equipment, an exciting ...

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Developing Military Characters in Realistic Fiction

(~8 Minute Read) Writers, whether for scripts or other fiction, make a lot of mistakes with depicting military members. Sometimes to the point that it gets so obnoxiously cliché or romanticized that it is hard to watch or read. We’ve all...

Fridays With Dale: Pea Patch Peer Pressure

  Pea Patch Peer Pressure By Dale Angel   I pick up the basket and sit it up on my shoulder and place my hand under the bottom. It topples off. Why am I standing in an auction barn trying to balance a pea hamper? As a child of the Depress...

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Allow me to introduce … me

Hello, and thanks to whoever created this site. I am a septuagenarian, semi-retired, widowed architect who has long harbored delusions of being a word smith. I have had a number of technical articles published in building trade publications...

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