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Shifting Perceptions: Showing Spatial Relationships in Writing

  Whether you're writing fiction or non-fiction, there's a lot to consider when capturing a world in words. One important factor is how we relate to our bodies and the spaces and objects around them, as well as how that changes over time. It's a matter of perception that can make your writing more true to life.   Bodies At various points in our development,...

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Provisional Pen Recommends Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

  Real-life espionage, restaurant reviews, and recipes? If you're looking for an appetizingly unexpected mixture of genres, be sure to check out Ruth Reichl's memoir Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise.   It all starts with a disturbing encounter on a flight to New York City, as Reichl prepares to transition her family's life from Los Angeles so she...

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Flavorful Writing: Describing Taste

  Think about a memorable meal you've had, either in a restaurant or, more recently, at home. How would you describe the food and drinks? What made this particular meal so delicious or unappetizing? When it comes to describing taste, like the other senses, there are many categories to work with. Here are a few to keep in mind:   Tart/sweet Let's think about apples...

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Listen Up: 3 Helpful Podcasts for Writers

  Are you a fan of podcasts? Are you looking for some audible writing help? Check these out!   Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day The smallest time commitment of the three, this is a good one to explore if you're curious about vocabulary and have a couple minutes to spare. You'll hear the standard dictionary info like spelling, part of speech, definitions, and the like....

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4 Quick Tips for Editing Poetry

  Since poetry can feel less straightforward than other genres, you might be wondering how to go about the revision and editing process. It is, in fact, not so different from what you're probably used to, with the main goal still being communicating with your readers:   1) Double check meanings and word choices. Those words you've cleverly put together look wonderful. But, that one...

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Writing by Ear: Rhythm in Poetry

  Read a poem, any poem, silently. Then, read it aloud. If a recording exists or you know someone with a flair for reading, listen as someone else reads it. That very same poem might come across quite differently in the transition from words to sounds and even from one performance to another. Though we don't always encounter it in this way,...

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Exploring Library Apps for Writing Resources

  Although we're going through a moment when nothing feels ordinary, we can preserve some of our routines as writers. Like finding resources that educate and inspire us. Thanks to public library systems and the companies they work with, such resources are still available for writers to enjoy from the safety of home:   Libby/OverDrive If you're not familiar with the Libby app, you may...

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