Writer’s Tip #90: 11 Tips to Self-Editing Your Manuscript
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Writer’s Tip #90: 11 Tips to Self-Editing Your Manuscript

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make … Continue reading

How To Write Descriptions People Want to Read–Dogs
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How To Write Descriptions People Want to Read–Dogs

This is the next in the occasional “How to Write Descriptions” series. If you’re a writer, you know what I mean. You can’t just say, The dog laid down at my feet and fell asleep. That’s boring. It tells the reader nothing about how cute the dog is, how innocent his sleep was, how you … Continue reading

Writers Tips #78: 8 Writing Tricks You Won’t Read Anywhere Else
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Writers Tips #78: 8 Writing Tricks You Won’t Read Anywhere Else

I got these suggestions from an internet class I never signed up for. One day, they began arriving in my inbox, bit by bit for the full term of some college’s semester. Students submitted stories for grading, essays for peer review, questions to a discussion board of fellow-students. The anonymous professor had a down-to-earth approach … Continue reading

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How To Describe Your Character’s Appearance in a Phrase

This is the ninth in the “How to Write Descriptions” series. When you’re writing about your protagonist, you want the reader to see them–their clothes, shoes, the scarf they wear, that old-fashioned belt buckle that shines in the sunlight. These images will engage readers in the plot as they watch a movie inside their brain, … Continue reading

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25 Take-aways from the Richard Bausch workshop

I just finished a fourteen-week workshop with internationally-renowned writer of fiction and short stories, Richard Bausch. What I hoped to get was tips on how to improve my writing from a man who knows. After all, he’s published eleven books, an untold number of stories, is the editor of the prestigious Norton Anthology of Short … Continue reading

What’s Trending on WordDreams
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What’s Trending on WordDreams

In the past quarter, I’ve posted about 40 articles on topics ranging from writer resources, how-to’s, descriptors, and opinions. I like to step back a few times a year and determine what readers are most interested in. WordPress makes that easy with their statistics. Here’s this period’s run-down: 51 Great Similes to Spark Imagination 178 Ways … Continue reading