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Direct Readers’ Focus: The Golden Ratio

Minute details are a double-edged sword to the flow of a story. Outright descriptors – adjectives and adverbs, even forceful verbs – have the power to choke out ideas and action. Artful concepts, however, can accomplish incredible feats of sensory detail without heavy-handed descriptors. Smallness, minute detail in either perfection or chaos, holds worlds of fascination. The same way humans have built towers, telescopes, satellites and space stations, we’ve invested that time looking the other direction too. Magnifying glasses, magnifiers,

The Five Pillars of Healthy Writing

Writing has incredible benefits, but like any activity your individual involvement depends on your interest. Some writers are happy with the hobby, writing for their own fulfillment with a pleasant dream of being published someday. Others have a goal they’re working toward, and some writers want to make a living at writing what they love. If writing is more than a hobby, here are a few strong pillars of behavior that will enrich your involvement and set the stage for

4 Tips for Reviewing Test Reader Feedback

Writing communities and classes frequently recommend seeking feedback and constructive criticism from test readers. Taking criticism gracefully is another favorite topic in writing circles. It’s a challenge to get over the emotional and psychological hurdles of having fellow humans pick apart the creative spillings of your soul, but what happens once it’s just you and their advice? Time to turn that pile of feedback into some real change. Hopefully, by this time you’ve let that draft rest awhile and you

Note Card Plotting: Unwrapped

One of the more recognizable plotting methods out there is Note card Plotting. The idea of physically carrying and rearranging ideas appeals especially well to hands-on or visual writers, though the specifics of the method vary. Note Card Plotting General Method: Isolate and collect ideas to visually organize. Materials Needed: Note cards, Pen, Space With this general method in mind, get creative. The quick summary above identifies the three benefits to using a note card method. First, writing ideas separately

2 Methods for Writing Powerful Themes

There’s much more to a story than what happens. Theme, for example, can simply be described as what a story means. This post isn’t to describe theme, so for that you can visit an excellent post over at Writers Digest that defines it wonderfully. Or you can review your English composition notes. Instead, this discussion will address assembling story elements when you already know what larger meaning you want to explore. Narrative has always allowed people to approach topics that

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