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How to Write Historical Fiction

Don’t know where to start on your historical fiction novel? Author Mariah Fredericks reveals how she conducted research on The Gilded Age for her new book, Death of a New American. I love historical fiction. Growing up, I read Jean Plaidy...

How to Write Funny Dialogue: 5 Tips for Making Readers Laugh Out Loud

Playwright and author Stephen Evans explains how to write funny dialogue with these five key tips informed by neurology, rhythm and theater. I remember the first time I heard an audience laugh at one of my plays. It was thrilling. And fasci...

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Use of Abbreviations in Narration Speech

Hello, English native forum friends. I’m opening this post because I’m in doubt about the use of the regular sci-fi abbreviations in third person narration.Some usual abbreviation examples: lab = laboratorymod / modi = body modi...

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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...

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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...

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...

Two New Ways for Kids to Create Stories on WriteReader

WriteReader is one of my favorite tools for elementary school students to use to create multimedia stories. The outstanding feature of the service is the option for teachers to write corrections directly beneath a students’ original w...

11 Ways to Write More Scientific Fiction: Lessons from Michael Crichton

It’s been said that readers will believe anything; it’s the author’s job to convince them. Keeping readers absorbed in the fictional dream is challenging, but it seemed to be second nature for Michael Crichton, a science fiction and t...

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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Philadelphia Independent Writers Conference

I’ve seized the opportunity and signed up to attend the 2nd annual Independent Authors Conference in Philadelphia this coming November. Cheap half-price tuition if you sign up by the end of this coming Friday the 11th was one incentiv...

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