Narrative: the Thread that Pulls the Reader through the Story

                  A common problem I see in contests or manuscripts I’m editing is that the narrative thread isn’t strong enough to pull us as readers through the story. Here are a few reasons why it fails. A series of events versus cause-and-effect events A plot is not just…

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Tighten Up for the New Year: Avoid These Common Writing Mistakes

This is not a post about cats. Well, maybe it is. A little. I don’t know about you but I’ve never seen a cat with six-pack abs. Every cat I know has a soft, flabby belly. We had a cat growing up that we called Flabby Tabby. How does that relate to writing? I’ve been…