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Keep It Moving: How to Make Your Writing Flow Smoothly

Just like writing is a journey, so is reading. When you write, you move from one idea or action to the next. You want to make it easy for your readers to move along with you. How can you do this? Use transitions to map out connections between ideas. Here's how to improve the flow of your writing: Use chronological transitions. Words like...

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Recommended Reading for Memoir Writers: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Whether you're familiar with Susanna Kaysen's memoir about her hospitalization for mental illness in the 1960s or it's new to you, I recommend reading Girl, Interrupted if you plan to write a memoir. Here's why:   Topography Motif Kaysen employs a pattern of chapters focused on topography, whereby she maps out the features of different places (both figurative and literal), starting with the “parallel...

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Three Apps for budding authors that are 100% worth the price

The Brainstormer Price: $1.99   Rating: ****   What it does This app has a 3-wheel system that combines general elements of narrative, character development, and a world builder/ science fiction style wheels. You simply spin the wheels to create a mixture of these bits, creating instant writer’s block relief!   Our Opinion This app is awesome. When you’re starting a story, it helps to know what exactly you want...

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Provisional Pen Recommends Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

If you're looking for a book to help you get into the right mindset for writing, I recommend Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Notice that Gilbert doesn't promise us “creative living without fear.” No, dealing with our fear is an important part of the process, according to Gilbert (22-24). In six thematic sections divided into short, quickly readable...

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All Forms of Art

Art. It’s what we do, it’s what we are, it’s “what we stay alive for” according to Mr. Keating in The Dead Poet’s Society. The Humanities are an incredible thing. They work together to create an emotional representation of the human capacity for emotion. The beautiful thing about the different disciplines (music, visual art, dance, theater, literature) is that they are...

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Moving On: The Last Step in the Writing Process

Without revision and editing, most of us would produce writing that sounds awesome in our heads but doesn't entirely make sense to anyone who lives outside our heads. So, for the love of clarity, let's all keep revising and editing. But let's not let perfectionism stop us from finishing our work.   Imperfect Is Perfectly Fine Even professionally published work contains errors. We're talking...

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Avoiding Chronological Events

Memoir is quite possibly the most expressive of all the novel types. We go on a journey with the writer; the highs, lows, anger, happiness, you name it. The human brain is so chock full of information, we are best able to process things appropriately through association. That said, there isn’t a single time we have not experienced something that has...

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