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Feb.13.2012
Gone are the days where we listen to stuffy grammar books tell us things like, “Slang encourages language poverty” or “In speech and writing avoid any use of a word that is not sanctioned by the practice of a large body of educated and intelligent people.”  In contemporary society it is...
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Feb.13.2012
The filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein said it is art’s task, “to form equitable views by stirring up contradictions within the spectator’s mind, and to forge accurate intellectual concepts from the dynamic clash of opposing passions.” By this he means that, “Art is always conflict.”  Whether we...
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Nov.11.2011
Often, first time writers pick up a pen because something has happened in their life that they believe others should know about.  Maybe they have just finished the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous or possibly they watched a friend bleed to death in Iraq and they’ve decide they need to...
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Oct.16.2011
It is common to hear people advise writers to, ‘Write what you know.’  Everyone from granddaddies to customs officials will hand out this bit of information to aspiring writers as though it is the answer to everything.  And in a way it is.  Whether the advice giver knows it or...
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Sep.27.2011
Point of view is one of the most important decisions that a writer makes when writing a story.  This is because point of view dictates how close the reader comes to the characters as well as how the narration is related to the reader.  It is trendy these days to get as close as...
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Sep.27.2011
Over, the last few years I’ve critiqued a number of novice writers.  The number one mistake I find is failure to make a conscious decision about the point of view.  I say ‘conscious decision’ because they have to choose a point of view in order to write, but usually that decision is...
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