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  • Zillow: It’s Not Just for Buying!

    Guest post by author EJ McCay I’m a visual person. I learn visually, think visually, and speak visually. Say wha? Speak visually? Someone asks me directions and I say, “Know where United is? Take a left there.” See? Visually. I think I’m a pretty decent writer. What I am not is an architect. I can’t do […]

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  • An Agglomeration of Writing Tools

    Well, I wrote up this article, then immediately Paul and Perry posted articles about writing tools–those for free. So now, you just get the full spectrum of opinions on writing. tools. 🙂 Now that you’ve read all three…comment and share your thoughts on writing tools! While it’s true that “all you need to write is […]

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  • Book Review: Characters and Viewpoint

    Book Review: Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card

    (Affiliate link) Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card Vivid and memorable characters aren’t born: they have to be made   This book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs. Use them to pry, chip, yank and sift good characters out of the place where they live in your imagination. Award-winning author Orson […]

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  • Mistakes or Placeholders?

    Marta looked out at the really beautiful sunset. “Wouldn’t it be nice to be sitting on the beach with no worries about now, “ she said sadly. “And only the bugs for company.” Joe said gruffly. He was older than Marta, but didn’t look it as if time had frozen him at the moment of […]

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  • What’s in a Name

    Naming characters is a fun process. But before you dive in head-first, there are a few things to think about that will help you choose the very best names. Let’s break this down… Think: Time-Period If you read a lot of books from the 1800s, you will encounter names like Horace and Hester, but I […]

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  • Character Assassination

    I need a character for a story. Lets call him Fred. Fred is 5’11”, weighs 185 lbs and has blond hair and blue eyes. Do you love him yet? What if I tell you he has a six pack? No? Neither do I really. I mean who names their character Fred, you’d always be waiting […]