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How do you write style guides?

Originally Posted by Sir-KP I don’t know about others, but my characters are ‘alive’ in my mind. Delivering them into text is another thing. If I had a hard time to even remembering their characteristics in speech and mann...

My Party PBL – Technology and Project Based Learning

This week I am welcoming some guest bloggers. This one is from Debbie Carona. The PBL, My Party Election, originally written by Mike Kaechele, became a part of the U.S. History curriculum for 8th graders at St. John’s Episcopal School Dal...

Is Your Feedback Really Effective? – This Google Docs Add-on Will Tell You

Anyone who has ever spent a Sunday afternoon grading essay after essay has at some point wondered, “did anyone listen when I explained homophones?” This usually happened to me around the 27th essay of the day. It’s at about that point...

A New LOC Online Collection – Theodore Roosevelt’s Papers

I have always found Theodore Roosevelt to be one of the most fascinating characters in U.S. History. That is why I was excited this morning when I saw an email from the Library of Congress announcing the online publication of Theodore Roose...

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My Brother Taran

Britain, 1943 Taran’s mouth dried up and the blood drained from his cheeks. A man was aiming a revolver at him. This man’s attitude was almost casual, as if he was accustomed to killing people. His brocaded dressing gown contras...

Editing Fiction Like a Pro: The 5 Most Common Mistakes That Bog Down Your Narrative

The most common mistakes that bog down an otherwise flowing narrative are easy to avoid or correct when you’re editing fiction scenes. These five simple steps will make your writing soar and your readers sit up and take notice. by Ellen T...

An Easy Speech-to-Text Option for Word, OneNote, and PowerPoint

Word, OneNote, and PowerPoint users have a new speech-to-text option. A new dictation option has been added to Office 365. The dictation tool will transcribe your spoken words into text on your screen. This afternoon I tried the dictation o...

The WD Interview: Author George Saunders Talks Structure, Outlining and Lincoln in the Bardo

In this exclusive extended interview with short-form master George Saunders, the globally acclaimed author dishes on inventive structure, reveals why he’s wary of outlines and talks novel-length success with Lincoln in the Bardo.  Supe...

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How do you convey age?

Don’t be afraid to use narrative as well as dialogue, by the way. You haven’t let on how fast you want to convey this information. Is it something we’re going to get used to slowly, character by character? Or do you have a...

Where Do Characters Come From?

By Mitch Silver When people find out I write novels—thrillers—for a living, they often ask, “Where do you get your story ideas from?” No surprise, that’s the question a lot of writers get. The second-most-asked question is, “Whe...

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