The Power of Words

A blog of writing resources and powerful words

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I tell my students that when you write, you should pretend you’re writing the best letter you ever wrote to the smartest friend you have. That way, you’ll never dumb things down. You won’t have to explain things that don’t need explaining. You’ll assume an intimacy and a natural shorthand, which is good because readers are smart and don’t wish to be condescended to.
Jeffrey Eugenides (The Art of Fiction, No. 215). (via the-library-and-step-on-it)

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Sam is waiting for Anna.

Right now, his car is idling behind a shuttle bus at the United gate, the A.C. cranked even though it makes the hatchback shake with effort. He takes a swig from a half-empty Coke can in the cup holder and immediately wishes he hadn’t. It’s been there a long time. It tastes flat and too sweet, almost acidic under his tongue. He’s about to spit it out the window, but when he looks up, Anna is there.

We keep rereading Melissa Pilakowski’s achingly lovely, quietly lyrical “Flying Lessons.” And it keeps breaking our hearts. You can read a longer excerpt at cicadamag.com. 

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thesylverlining:

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So You Want To Get Published.

I’m keeping this for anytime someone wants to know how you get published. I’ll just whip this out and hand it to them instead of correcting their assumptions that I approached editors directly with my manuscript like people do in movies.

This is how writing/revising/publishing actually happens. 

Yeah like everyone was asking me how I did stuff and I should have just shown them this chart, aahaha!

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How To Create A Plot Outline in 8 Easy Steps
Here’s an easy way to come up with a brief plot outline for your roleplay/character. [Converted for roleplaying purposes by theprettyhelpers]




One of the most powerful secrets to creating plots that are emotionally compelling is to incorporate the 8 Basic Plot Elements. Starting with your story idea, you only need to make eight choices to ensure the plot of your future roleplay hangs together in a meaningful way. 
The best part is that you can make these choices and construct a brief plot outline in less than 1 hour.
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theprettyhelpers:

How To Create A Plot Outline in 8 Easy Steps

Here’s an easy way to come up with a brief plot outline for your roleplay/character. [Converted for roleplaying purposes by theprettyhelpers]

One of the most powerful secrets to creating plots that are emotionally compelling is to incorporate the 8 Basic Plot Elements. Starting with your story idea, you only need to make eight choices to ensure the plot of your future roleplay hangs together in a meaningful way.

The best part is that you can make these choices and construct a brief plot outline in less than 1 hour.

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Things almost every author needs to research

clevergirlhelps:

the-right-writing:

  • How bodies decompose
  • Wilderness survival skills
  • Mob mentality
  • Other cultures
  • What it takes for a human to die in a given situation
  • Common tropes in your genre
  • Average weather for your setting

yoooo

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