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Tips for Writers: How to Develop Your Author’s Voice in Three Easy Steps

 

Voice. Authors have to cultivate it—it’s one of the major things that builds reader loyalty, especially in a saturated market. But what exactly do people mean when they talk...

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Grammar: Is It Changing Tack or Tact?

Whatever your character is doing isn’t working. Time to change tactics. There’s also a similar phrase–to change tack. But the two words–tack and tactic–are actually...

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Grammar: The Difference between a Spoon Full of Sugar and a Spoonful of Sugar

You may be wondering if there’s a difference between a spoonful of sugar or a spoon full of sugar. The same applies to roomful, forkful, and numerous other words. And the answer is yes!

A...

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Grammar: Ellipses… How to Torture a Writer with Three Tiny Dots

Ellipses are such handy little guys, but sadly very misunderstood. Some common issues I see:

Question: What’s the difference between an ellipsis and ellipses?
Answer: This is the...

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Grammar: The Ellipsis, That Handy Punctuation Mark

Ah, the ellipsis. The ellipsis can be a bit of a pain, but once mastered, it’s a great tool. For the purpose of this post, I’m only talking about using the ellipsis in fiction, not as...

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Writing Tips for Authors: Using Ellipses to Punctuate Phone Convos

One of the struggles authors have is presenting dialogue so that it's both understandable and engaging. Phone conversations can be especially problematic. Scenes where you show both sides...

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Writing Tips: Pausing as an Action Beat

Using “paused” as an action beat seems a little like an oxymoron, but I digress.

If you use an action beat or a dialog tag, you have inserted a “natural pause” into your...

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Style Choice for Writers: Should You Capitalize or Lowercase Names of Dances?

Characters dancing comes up pretty often in fiction. There are nights out clubbing with friends, weddings, heck, sometimes characters just start doing the Macarena in their kitchen. And that...

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