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A rose by any other name would still be a cliché. Learn what they are, how to spot them, and when they can hinder or help your writing.
Understanding passive and active voice is the first step towards making your writing pop. Learn the differences between the two and their pluses and minuses.
Understanding narrative tenses is key to flowing prose. Learn the subtle differences between the tenses and how they’re used in successful prose.
Sometimes, there’s more than just “said”. Learn what dialog tags are and how they can improve the way your characters talk to each other.
Everyone’s favorite whipping-horse: Show versus tell. Learn the fundamentals behind the debate, and the nuances involved in using both effectively.
Giving critical feedback is one of the most important—and hardest to master—aspects of writing. Learn how to analyze the writing of others in a friendly and constructive way.
Maintaining a point-of-view is hard work, and Third Person Multiple is one of the hardest. Learn what this technique is and its uses in prose.
In First Person POV, it’s all about “me”. Learn the ins and outs of this very common point of view.
Knowing everything about the story is a big burden for a narrator. Learn what defines the Omniscient point of view and some of its pitfalls.
Talking directly to the reader can have a powerful effect. Learn about the second person POV and what makes it special.
Writing screenplays is different than writing novels. Learn how to identify and avoid the common pitfalls beginning screenwriters can make.
Submitting an incorrectly-formatted manuscript is a quick ticket to an agent’s trash bin. Learn the professional standard for manuscript formatting.
Screenplays have their own special formatting requirements. Learn how to format your screenplays to the industry standard.
The first step to getting your short story read is to format it correctly. Learn the industry standard for short story manuscript formatting.
Colons are for more than just lists. Learn the ins and outs of this essential bit of punctuation.
Quotation marks can be tricky for more than a few reasons. Learn the right way this use this common punctuation mark.
Semicolons, the colon’s weird cousin, are often misunderstood. Learn when and where to use this classic punctuation mark.
Apostrophe mistakes are common for newbie writers to make, and they’re the mark of death for a manuscript. Learn when and where to use this important punctuation mark.
A comma can clarify or confuse. Learn what comma splices are and if they can hinder or improve style.
Sometimes the words we choose can separate the reader from the action. Learn about filtering in prose writing and how cleaning up filter words can sharpen your prose.
Poems can pack power in just a handful of words. Learn about the advanced techniques behind this ancient Japanese art form.
Copyright is a common concern for many writers. Learn about the basics of copyright in the US and how it applies to independent writers.
Characters are central to a well-told story. Deepen your understanding of the forces that drive well-written characters to bring a story to life.
The process of submitting your finished writing to a publication can be daunting. Read how to correctly submit your poems and short stories to any market.