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Writing Hijinks: How to Utilize Foreshadowing

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Writing Hijinks: How to Utilize Foreshadowing

Foreshadowing is a powerful tool but one a lot of people struggle with. Foreshadowing is a warning or indication of a future event. It gets the reader ready for the big events that occur later in your story. This doesn???t mean we come right out and tell our readers what???s coming next, just that we…

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What is the Role of THAT Character?

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What is the Role of THAT Character?

What’s a story without a good villain? Or a snappy side kick? While the MC may be the heart and soul of your story, other characters play important roles, too. Do you know what roles are typically needed? Let’s explore some of the more active ones today. Primary Character: These are your main characters, meaning…

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The Witty Brit: Bad realities of publishing

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The Witty Brit: Bad realities of publishing

Let???s break this down a little before we get started. The word ???publishing??? is a hugely general??catch-all word for an entire industry. In the old days that industry was very set in its ways and specific in how things worked. These days it means a whole lot more. Traditional publishing, big publishers, small press, hybrid,…

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Coldly Calculating: Three Strikes

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Coldly Calculating: Three Strikes

I will be your host each week as we probe the darker corners of your imagination. This series is meant to help feed your mystery/horror muse, so try to give us chills! The prompt is open to interpretation, but try to include the phrase somewhere in your piece. This week???s prompt is:   We all…

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Wednesday Writers Wisdom: Show Vs Tell Character Description by Emma T. Gitani

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Wednesday Writers Wisdom: Show Vs Tell Character Description by Emma T. Gitani

We’ve all heard these expressions. Show don’t tell. Give meaningful description but don’t make ??a laundry list. The example below takes on showing character description without creating a laundry list. Laundry List Example: Matt started magic school two weeks ago, and he watched the girl who sat at his lunch table. She was skinny and…

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Lilian Oake: Falling in Love with your Story, Again

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Lilian Oake: Falling in Love with your Story, Again

I haven???t??written??anything in a long time. It???s horrible. It??feels??horrible and wrong and I feel out of my element. Life happened and I simply haven???t had the brain juice to get to creating again. Instead, I???ve been editing. A lot ??? 2 books, actually. They are both finished. Beginning, middle and end ??? but in need…

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David Wiley: 30 Seconds of Courage

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David Wiley: 30 Seconds of Courage

The writing part of being a writer can be the easiest part, in spite of all of the stories of writer’s block and terrible first drafts and unfinished projects that fall to the wayside. There is a whole lot more involved than just writing things down and telling the stories you want to tell: you…

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The Musical Muse

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The Musical Muse

A Brief History Of Musical Storytelling Music is as natural to storytelling as, well, words to a song. The intertwined??relationship between music and storytelling can be traced back to the minstrels, if not even further than that. In their time, minstrels were known for their elaborate lyrics that told tales of historical events, rather real…

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E.C. Jarvis: Things to Avoid When Writing Erotica/love Scenes

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E.C. Jarvis: Things to Avoid When Writing Erotica/love Scenes

Note from the CEO: We support all writing here on Our Write Side. From time to time, we will cover topics on romance and erotica. E.C. Jarvis is our resident Erotica and Steampunk author. Warning: Please be aware there are some naughty words to follow, due to the nature of this blog. If you are…

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David Wiley: Naming Characters-Fantasy Edition

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David Wiley: Naming Characters-Fantasy Edition

One of the questions that a fantasy author will inevitably receive during the course of their career is the question of names. Where do they come from? How do you select those names? It is almost as though the readers expect that there is some super-complicated scientific process for name selection. And for some there…

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