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Avoid the info-dump debacle

Sometime a writer needs to convey something that happened before the starting point of the story, and can find no other way than to have the narrator throw it on us in one lump that gets stuck in our throats. Readers may skim through it, or lay the story aside, as the main action of the work stops until the dump ends…

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The rules of writing

What are the rules of writing? Are there rules? Are rules made to be broken? Every writer lists the rules differently. William Faulkner said to get the character in your mind. Once he is in your mind…

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Can I start a sentence with a conjunction?

People ask me all the time about the no-nos of grammar, and do they fall under black, white, or some shade of gray?
The issue of placing a conjunction at the beginning of a sentence causes much confusion. Can we do it?

All style guidebooks agree…

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Avoid advice from non-writer friends

You’ve got that idea for a novel. It bubbles inside you. Or you make that big decision: You’re “going to be” a writer. Trembling with exhilaration, you dial up your normal confidante. What a blast to share the news, you think, and how great to have the support of someone who loves you.
Now, just you wait a minute, there. You’ll find plenty of evidence…

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