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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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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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“Be Chaste”

Please help KWD grow by sharing: https://karinwritesdangerously.wordpress.com/ “Adjectives and adverbs are rich and good and fattening. The main thing is not to overindulge.”   from Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin Every writing tool has its use, but as … Continue reading

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Two-timing Tenses

“A tense switch in a written narrative isn’t a minor thing. It’s a big deal, like changing viewpoint chracters. It can’t be done mindlessly.It can be done invisibily, but only it you’re good at it.”   from Steering the Craft, Ursula … Continue reading

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“Good Training”

“In poetry courses, students may be asked to write “in the manner of”so-and-so,or to use a stanza or cadence from a published poet as a model, but teachers of prose writing seem to shun the very idea of imitating. I … Continue reading

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