Author: Teresa Boyer

Managing Clichés: Tips for Writers

Whether overused words, phrases, or concepts, a few clichés have probably sneaked their way into your writing. It happens to everyone. Though it would be nice if every sentence you write could be inventive, that's not how language works. We're going to use some common phrases. We may not always be able to come up with completely original concepts, either, because...

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What’s to Love About Writing

  For better or worse, February makes us think of love. And here at Provisional Pen, we're thinking about all the reasons to love writing:   It's a relatively inexpensive way to express and entertain yourself. No matter your circumstances, you can usually access the materials you need to write. It can be as simple as paper and pencil. In addition to not needing much...

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Enhance Your Writing with Auditory Details

If you tend to focus on visual description in your writing, why not include more auditory description? In many cases, sounds and images work closely together, so it's a natural relationship. Other times, sounds portray the atmosphere of a scene better than images. Experiment a bit to see what you can create.   Sound Categories There are all kinds of sounds you can describe...

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Ideas for Writers: Looking to the Past

  During the holidays, we often reflect on past celebrations and family traditions. It's all part of enjoying the extra time with family and friends. Not only can you look back to preserve your family's history and create personalized gifts, you can also find inspiration for your writing.   What pieces of the past can play an important role in your writing now? Family...

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