Category Archives: Writing Craft

Kindness Counts

“Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.” Plato “What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?” George Eliot “Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on.” Henry Burton A cautionary … Continue reading

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“Conveying Excitement”

Graham Greene on writing one of his earliest books and his later revision approach: “My long studies of Percy Lubbock’s The Craft of Fiction had taught me the importance of ‘the point of view,’ but not how to convey physical … Continue reading

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Contest Alert

Conflict (n): the opposition of persons or forces that gives rise to the dramatic action in a drama or fiction CRAFT Literary is looking for conflict! “Tension. X vs. Y stories. Strong narrative arcs (or other shapes. We want to hold our … Continue reading

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Enlivening Emily

Today, July 30, is the divine Emily Bronte’s birthday. What a gift she is to the world — her fire, her compassion, her poetry, and the sublime and stormy Wuthering Heights! Gems from Emily to enliven us all: “Whatever our … Continue reading

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Worthy Goals

As we all continue to work our way through these challenging times, we can take solace from the fact that, as writers, every experience we have can be fuel for our creativity and help us along our writing journey. As … Continue reading

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Plotting Pointers

“A story that has nothing but action and plot is a pretty poor affair; and some great stories have neither. To my mind, plot is merely one way of telling a story, by connecting the happenings tightly; usually through causal … Continue reading

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Ceaseless Creativity

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”   Maya Angelou What an uplifting thought, isn’t it? It’s so easy and even ordinary to think of creativity as a limited resource, something that we can use … Continue reading

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Reckless Freedom

“…Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, … Continue reading

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Once Again

Please help KWD grow by sharing: https://karinwritesdangerously.wordpress.com/ From the pithy, wonderful guide, Steering the Craft, by Ursula K. Le Guin: “Again I am inclined to fault journalists and schoolteachers, however well meaning, for declaring it a sin to say the … Continue reading

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The Key

Please help KWD grow by sharing:  https://karinwritesdangerously.com Words of wisdom from a commencement address at Emerson College by award-winning filmmaker, SpikeLee: “I think that amongst young people today, this being the age of instant gratification, everybody wants it now. Young … Continue reading

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