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A Look at Point of View in Fiction

By Jim Murtha Pick up any book on writing fiction. You’ll find a section on point of view (POV). Open any novel and read the first paragraph or two. Look for the pronouns. Ignoring dialog, if you find “I”, the story is told in first person and the author lets the...

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Writing the Opening Line

By Roger Paulding Through my binoculars, I could see the nice forty-something-foot cabin cruiser anchored a few hundred yards offshore. There were two thirtyish couples aboard, having a merry old time, sunbathing, banging down brews and whatever. The women had on...

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Going to the Well of Pain

by Nikki Loftin Rejection comes in many forms: depressing letters from agents and editors, harsh critiques from writer friends, reviews that send a writer running for the tissue box and the chocolate stash. I’ve experienced them all, and if the joys didn’t outweigh...

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Starting Your Story

By Roger Paulding Start with action. Start with your main character. Your main character is on the verge of change, a momentous change in his life. Do not let setting and backstory overpower the beginning of the story. Do not give a weather report. Do not start with a...

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Character Motivation:

Blame it on Their Parents and Other Ways to Explain Why Our Characters Do What They Do By: Christie Craig Motivation in a Nutshell To put it simply, motivation is driven by two things: The need to avoid pain and the desire for pleasure. One, and sometimes both, of...

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