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My dialogue is wooden

I see two possible issues with your dialogue, as you’re describing it. One is the idea of dialogue as a tool for conveying information. This can be effective, but it can also be a bit of a trap, leading to characters “expositing...

4 Writing Techniques to Borrow from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Since its publication in 1843, Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol has become one of the most iconic holiday stories—perhaps even the most iconic—in Western literature. Not only has it been adapted countless times for the s...

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A Quick & Dirty View of WF forum by a Newbie…

A Quick & Dirty View of WF forum by a Newbie… @Daniel @jannert You’ll need a glass of red for this. I’ve Posted this in the SUPPORT section to go along with @jannert post but if you wish to move it feel free. Not sure if this ...

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A different language?

In anthropology there are ‘lumpers’ and ‘splitters’, the lumpers might talk about the American Indians, The Indo-Europeans, The Asians, big groups like that. The splitters talk about The Scots, The Welsh, The Irish, ...

Forget a Dream Job, Let’s Talk Dream Company Culture

In university, I majored in Professional Writing. The classes in my major were small, with only about 25-35 students per class. There was lots of group work, so we got to know everyone pretty well. My classmates and professors knew me as a ...

Perfect Stories: The Pursuit of Perfection & Surrendering Your Story to Your Readers

Sometimes finishing a story is the most unsatisfying part of writing. No matter how hard you work on it, you may still feel something is missing. William Kenower discusses this dissatisfaction, the quest for perfection, and the importance o...

Speakd – Listen to Your Google Docs

Speakd is a free Google Docs add-on that will read your documents aloud. When you have Speakd installed in Google Docs you can open the add-on and press play at any time to hear your document read aloud. Unlike some other text-to-speech too...

Gradebooks, Flipgrid, and Voicepods – The Week in Review

Good morning from chilly Paris Hill, Maine where it’s a crisp 7F as write this. In the category of “things I never did before having kids” today we’re going to look at a big Christmas tree display and to see Santa. I...

Coming Soon to PowerPoint – Real-time Captions and Translations

Earlier this year Google added automatic captioning to Google Slides. This week, via The Verge, I learned that Microsoft is adding automatic captioning and translation to  PowerPoint starting in January. The automatic captioning will w...

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 ...

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