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Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story | Open Culture

When it came to giving advice to writers, Kurt Vonnegut was never dull. He once tried to warn people away from using semicolons by characterizing them as “transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing.” And, in a master’s thesis rejected by The University of Chicago, he made the tantalizing argument that “stories have shapes which can be drawn on graph

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Let Your Characters Tell Your Story

Here’s what I believe happens when a writer begins her story with an authentically realized character (as opposed to one from central casting, formed out of the necessity to see a certain preordained action take place). If she allows him to take shape slowly on the page, if she resists the urge to make assumptions

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Ranking #1 on Wattpad Today

With 2014 coming to a close, I’ve got a few more days before I need to wrap up my #NaNoWriMo novel-in-progress, Loving Ashe, before it heads to an editor.  Right now, it’s currently #1 under Chicklit on Wattpad and I’m pretty thrilled it made it that high.  I should be celebrating little triumphs, right, even

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Pressbooks: The New Way To Format Your Novel and Get It Out There

I discovered Pressbooks through a fellow writer on Wattpad, who suggested I check it out when I was lamenting the woes of formatting my novel.  Pressbooks is by the same company that runs WordPress  uses the open source WordPress software as a foundation for their service, so if you’re used to the WordPress blogging format, then

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