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Creative Writing Help and Lessons

This is the "how-to" page, and the place to get creative writing help. Here, you will find articles on writing-fiction all aspects of writing craft: plot, point of view (POV), scenes and sequels, cause and effect, tension, character development, setting, tense, description, poetics, tightening and polishing, dialogue, and everything else I can think of.

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Creative Writing Lessons

  1. 500 Cliches to Avoid
  2. Character Motivation: Why Characters Act
  3. Creating Characters, Part I
  4. Creating Characters, Part II
  5. Flashback: Using it Effectively
  6. Freelance Editing Sample
  7. Review of Freelance Editing Services
  8. How a Strong Story Premise Sets You up for Success
  9. How to Plot a Novel
  10. How to Use Literary Foreshadowing
  11. Internet Resources for Creating Fictional Characters
  12. Novel Plots: Answering the Plea
  13. Participles:Bothersome Verbs to Avoid
  14. Passive Verbs: Avoid Them (and still use "was")
  15. Plot Outline with What If? and Why?
  16. Plot Your Stories
  17. Point of View
  18. Punctuate Dialogue Correctly
  19. Scene Action-Reaction Chart
  20. Scene Length
  21. Scenes and Sequels: Essential Building Blocks
  22. Scene Questions Hold Reader Interest
  23. Story Action: Make Something Happen!
  24. Tight Writing Gets Published
  25. Tips for Writing a Novel
  26. Transitional Words and Phrases in Fiction: 4 Writing Tips
  27. Write Mind Movies
  28. Writing Characters: How to Use Daily Rituals to Strengthen Characterization
  29. Writing Dialogue with Tension
  30. Writing Story Settings

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