Tag Archives: fiction

Indirect Discourse in Third-Person Limited POV

What is indirect discourse? Indirect discourse is “a combination of a character’s thoughts and the author’s words. In the case of indirect discourse, you don’t need italics.” The above words were emailed to me by Mark Spencer, Dean of the … Continue reading

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N is for Narrated by the Narrator | #AtoZChallenge

Narrator The speaker or voice who is telling the story. Narrator and narrative (a collection of events that are linked together in a particular order to tell a story) lead into point of view and types of fiction. Point of … Continue reading

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M is for Moving Along with Motifs — And More | #AtoZChallenge

Motif “A theme or pattern that recurs in a work.” I was already a writer for about a decade when I ran into the first writing help I ever received in the days of pre-Internet. My age was 12. I … Continue reading

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L is for Love, Actually | #AtoZChallenge

What would life be without love? We’re social beings and we live for it: parental love, the love of family and friends, romantic love . . . It is not surprising that literature, music, and visual art is full of … Continue reading

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K is for Killing | #AtoZChallenge

Often in books, films, and plays, someone is killed and someone does the killing. We see it in sci-fi and dystopia (sometimes on a mass scale), murder-mysteries, historical and war stories, and in many other genres. There’s killing of people, … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Development of a Writing Space

Development of a Writing Space . . . by Mandy Eve-Barnett We see articles and blog posts in regard to ‘writing spaces’ and it can either spur us on to create our own or make us feel we are lacking. … Continue reading

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Self-editing: What are your options?

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
? by Katie McCoach You’ve finished the first draft of your novel, now it’s time for revisions. We know that you’ll need a professional editor soon, but before that, what can you do…

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The Difficulties of Dialogue

Originally posted on A Writer's Path:
? ? by Teagan Berry Every writer has something that they struggle with. It’s just natural for this to happen – we’re not perfect. For some, it might be descriptive abilities they lack.…

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Tips for Ending a Short Story

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? ? by Sara Kopeczky It is a well known fact that short stories should go out with a bang. In shorter fiction, where you have a limited set of character and a…

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Stepping Off the Precipice: What If My Book Had Kept the Prologue I’d Intended?

After reading Prologues and Epilogues — Is There a Point to Them? (Helena Fairfax, A Writer’s Path), which I reblogged in the previous post (here), once again I am forced to revisit my writing process from many years ago, between … Continue reading

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