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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...

Bob Woodward Gets to the Bottom of Things: Timeless Investigative Journalism Techniques (from Writer’s Digest 1996)

Given the buzz surrounding the explosive book Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward, we were reminded of a surprisingly timeless article from the August 1996 issue of Writer’s Digest about Mr. Woodward’s investigative journal...

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he said, she said

Bone2pick said: ↑ I noticed a site member advocate the adage that “said” is the workhorse of dialogue tags. Furthermore, they claimed it should only be set aside on rare occasions. The thing is, I don’t experience that t...

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Writing Death Scenes

A lot of people agonize, quite understandably, over how to write a good love (or sex) scene. But in this thread I thought it might be good to discuss how to write a good death scene. For the purposes of discussion I would prefer to focus on...

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...

Five Tools for Creating Animated Videos on Chromebooks

The new school year will be here soon and I haven’t taken a break all summer. I’m taking a short break from the Internet to go fishing at one of my favorite places in the world, Kennebago Lake. I’ll be back with new posts ...

Adding Dimension to Characters: 10 Sly Character Development Techniques

These underhanded character development techniques are designed to relax your “thinky” brain and to draw instead on your curiosity, intuition and slightly devious sense of play in order to help your characters reveal their own inner wor...

Brush Ninja – Make Animated GIFs on Your Desktop or Mobile Device

Brush Ninja is a free tool for creating animated GIFs. Unlike some similar tools, Brush Ninja works equally well in the web browser on a Chromebook, Windows or Mac laptop, iPads, Android tablets, and iOS and Android phones. To make an anima...

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Em dash replacing quotation marks

You’re right; one can’t lead in with a tag. But I’ve noticed that a lot of contemporary literary fiction is “tag light” and therefore the authors that use it don’t run into any problems. Yes, the Joyce example is confusing. Howe...

25 Topics for Whiteboard Videos

Apps like ShowMe and Educreations make creating whiteboard-style instructional videos a relatively simple process. These apps let you draw on a white screen on your iPad or Android tablet while talking at the same time. Often teachers make ...

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