Posted on 01/16/2020 at 09:29 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Sometimes it’s screamingly obvious — your story can only be told from one character’s point of view. Other times, you...

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Posted on 01/15/2020 at 11:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

You may not be in school any more, but chances are good you’re still being called upon to do research....

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Posted on 01/10/2020 at 01:28 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Jane Friedman isn’t trying to ban the use of five specific story openers. She does want to point out, though,...

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Posted on 01/06/2020 at 10:23 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

During the creative-writing portion of eighth-grade English class, the teacher gave us a handout of one hundred ways to say...

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Posted on 12/28/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

C.S. Lakin isn’t going to demand that you show and not tell the emotions your character is feeling. In fact,...

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Posted on 12/27/2019 at 01:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Over the holiday, we listened to a collection of short stories that included a few tales told in the second-person...

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Posted on 12/26/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

No matter the topic, you’ve likely found a new blog to love and been both excited and exhausted by the...

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Posted on 12/24/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

This time of year, we feel like a broken record — can we possibly go a few posts without mentioning...

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Posted on 12/23/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Readers don’t want to be able to predict every single page of your story. But many still reread books, while...

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Posted on 12/18/2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

“Formulaic” is often tossed around as an insult. We’re not suggesting that you make your novel as predictable as can...

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