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Newspaper Templates for Google Docs & Word

This morning I answered an email from a reader who was looking for suggestions on tools that his students can use to collaboratively create a newspaper. My first suggestion was to try LucidPress. My second thought was to try using some Goog...

The Heartbreaking Reality of Reporting a Campus Sexual Assault

While countless cases become public, many survivors of campus sexual assault still fight for closure outside the spotlight. Stephanie Hale is one of a growing number of students challenging the process she had to undergo after reporting h...

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My Book Progross So Far.

As I havent written a book before I just want to get some idea of what to do at this point. I know this isn’t what you want to hear, but if you’ve not written fiction before, you should be aware that there are hundreds of traps ...

Why I Teach Journalism in My History Classes

In high school, I struggled to write clear, concise prose. My command of structure was minimal, and I didn’t make effective use of sources to inform my analysis. I also had difficulty differentiating between summary and analysis, much to ...

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Best ways to brush up

Originally Posted by Mickeyq ‘Elements of Style’ by Strunk & White and frankly had no idea what they were talking about. I had to look up what a past participle or independent clause because I either forgot over the many yea...

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You are worth it.

4 months ago I made some changes in my life that have allowed me to return to my passions after 3 very long years in the corporate world. My focus is on short stories. My previous 9 to 5 included writing but a very abbreviated, mono-informa...

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A conundrum

My late wife was a native of Chile. In early 2010 she was in Chile with her adult daughter and three of her grandchildren, on a bit of a road trip, when the 8.8-scale earthquake struck on 27 February (my birthday!). That was a Saturday, and...

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I need this guy to get away with kidnapping

So my MC kidnapped someone, and I need him to get away with it (at least until the end of the story). The problem is, he followed his victim around the parking lot not long before he kidnapped him, so the victim’s friends were able to...

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Portraying ignorance intelligently. (post-apoc, big-game hunting, moose)

Excerpt from a thing I’m working on. It’s a post-apocalyptic setting, with a skilled and resourceful yet somewhat unexperienced protagonist feeding himself somewhere in the North American boreal forest. The long-barreled flintlo...

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Why is writing so biased towards fiction?

There really are different skill sets at play when you look at journalism compared to creative writing. I’m speaking from my own experience, but journalism is all about getting the story. They used to say the biggest tool for a journa...

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