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Ten Resources for Teaching and Learning About Pearl Harbor

This week is the 77th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. That wasn’t the first military action of the Japanese during WWII. It’s just the event that finally got the U.S. to join the war. If you’re looking ...

5 Considerations for Writing About Historical Figures in Fiction

Historical fiction author John Thorndike shares five considerations he’s learned to keep in mind while writing novels about historical figures. Not everyone from the past carries equal weight, notariety-wise. Some characters are far more ...

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Taboo topics… and a POST removal question

Taboo topics… and a POST removal question Background… I’m not sure, but think I’ve had a reply post removed. I may have made a mistake and the post not actually attached to the thread. Am pretty sure I checked it, but I was ...

10 Creative Ways to Beat Writer’s Block Fast

We’re smack in the middle of NaNoWriMo, and some of us are probably a little bit behind on our word count—definitely, definitely not me, but you know, some of us. Cough. Right. Anyway, it’s time to pick up the pace: This piece from t...

3 Ways to Find Your Book’s Unique Selling Proposition

Agents have to consider where your work fits in a crowded marketplace. By including that information in your query letter, you’re making their job easier—and what stands out about your manuscript even more evident. 3 Ways to Find Your B...

Music, Feedback, and Flowcharts – The Week in Review

Good evening from Nebraska where I’m visiting my good friends Kris and Beth Still. Some of you may remember that Beth was the person who organized the NECC Newbie Project back in 2009 to get me to the NECC (now called ISTE) conference...

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The trivialization of Evil

Genre: Urban FantasySetting: Modern day America My antagonist is a Catholic priest who has the limited supernatural ability to know that Hell is a very real place and damnation can happen. He’s furious that that people treat the trapp...

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Some Books on Style

I recommended some books to Theglasshouse but not to everyone in the forum. So, since these books would probably be helpful in developing good prose style, I thought I should share them with you. One is called “Building Great Sentence...

Plausible Scares: Blending the Real and Unreal in Horror Fiction

Using examples from William Peter Blatty’s iconic horror novel The Exorcist, Dustin Grinnell explains how to craft truly frightening horror fiction by blending the believable and the unsettlingly extraordinary. In the novel The Exorcist ...

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Homographs

I once deceived myself with an accidental homograph in my writing. When I read back a sentence I noticed that a word could be pronounced two different ways with different meanings, but then I realised that both made sense within the context...

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