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Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Making Your Writing Soulful

Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Making Your Writing Soulful

  Why does one painting, photo, or symphony resonate with you while others do not? Seriously. Take a moment to think about that. My guess is you have a deep personal connection with your favorite works, your favorite novels, movies, video games—whatever form your art and stories take. But why? And more importantly, how canRead more about Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Making Your Writing Soulful[…]

Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Flowing Choreography

Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Flowing Choreography

  I’ve stressed the importance of action in our writing, and a lot of times that action is the characters moving around a scene. Generally, there’s a lot of it in a book and often it’s not done very well. Many times, there’s a lack of originality, because we just want to move the storyRead more about Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Flowing Choreography[…]

Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Show Don’t Tell

Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Show Don’t Tell

  You’ve probably heard the phrase “show don’t tell” before. It’s easy to say, but what does it really mean? I’ve worked with many writers, and I’m convinced that there are those who think visually—or to be more accurate, sensually, and those who think more in terms of telling facts—and linking them one-by-one. I thinkRead more about Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Show Don’t Tell[…]

Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Arcs and the Plot

Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Arcs and the Plot

  There’s a lot that can be said about plotting, weaving elements into your story in a specific way. There are processes that work well for one person, but not for another. Whether you create detailed character bio sheets and have your story outlined in detail, down to the type of soap in the hotelRead more about Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Arcs and the Plot[…]

Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Suspense

Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Suspense

  When you say the word “suspense” people tend to think about gunshots, someone hanging on a cliff and their fingers systematically being peeled away by a first-rate asshole. But the truth is that suspense comes into play whenever there’s something to lose. That’s why all those life events we talked about matter, and whyRead more about Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Suspense[…]

Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Keeping the Reader’s Interest

Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Keeping the Reader’s Interest

  Dreams are stories we have yet to understand. The subconscious has a way of testing our emotions and fears, hypothetical situations our brains want us to be ready for. What if we went to school and didn’t realize that we were naked until we were sitting in class? What if there was something lurkingRead more about Community Authors – Creative Writing Lessons – Keeping the Reader’s Interest[…]