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Rhetorical Devices: Finishing Touches to Make Your Writing Sing

Mark Twain is famous for this quote about writing: “Anybody can have ideas–the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.” We often think that in longer works such as novels that we don’t necessarily have to worry about the succinctness…

Getting POV right

  If there is one thing that I see writers getting wrong when I judge contests, it’s POV or point of view. This one thing can make a huge difference in your story. It is the key component in creating an emotional experience, which is the standard we measure our story by. Getting POV correct…

You Need Goals Too

by Jennifer Crosswhite If you follow the often-used structure—Goals, Motivation, and Character—for your novel,you spend a significant amount of time creating goals for your characters. Even if you don’t use that structure, in some way or form, I bet you create goals for your characters. But do you create them for yourself? Short-term goals Part…