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Before writers can describe the essence of a character to our readers, they must first conjure it in our imagination. Here is one of my techniques for developing a catalog of character traits for later use.

Before writers can describe the essence of a character to our readers, they must first conjure it in our imagination. Here is one of my techniques for developing a catalog of character traits for later use.

"Your inner demons have materialized in the physical world in uncharacteristic ways. Now you must confront them for the last time."

"Your inner demons have materialized in the physical world in uncharacteristic ways. Now you must confront them for the last time."

When I find myself sitting staring at the display, or pressing the backspace key in equal proportion to other keys, I’ve often found my block is due to the lack of clarity in the scene I am attempting to describe – or, sometimes it’s because my gut is telling me my approach to the scene isn’t right.  Here is how to break through.

Overcome Writer's Block By Sharpening Your Vision

When I find myself sitting staring at the display, or pressing the backspace key in equal proportion to other keys, I’ve often found my block is due to the lack of clarity in the scene I am attempting to describe – or, sometimes it’s because my gut is telling me my approach to the scene isn’t right. Here is how to break through.

Iconic Author Guilt-Tripping You to Finish Your Nove   --  IMAGE: WIKICOMMONS EDWIN H. MANCHESTERl

9 Iconic Authors Guilt-Tripping You to Finish Your Novel

Iconic Author Guilt-Tripping You to Finish Your Nove -- IMAGE: WIKICOMMONS EDWIN H. MANCHESTERl

Foreshadowing is an essential element of any good yarn. Here are ideas and examples to assist you in improving the use of foreshadowing in your stories.

Effective Use of Foreshadowing

Foreshadowing is an essential element of any good yarn. Here are ideas and examples to assist you in improving the use of foreshadowing in your stories.

Just jotting some good essay phrases down. The colours mean nothing, for once!

Just jotting some good essay phrases down. The colours mean nothing, for once!

Writing Hooks -- I have a vision of making a bunch of "hooks," hanging them at the front of the room, and having kids craft examples to hang from each one!

Writing Hooks -- I have a vision of making a bunch of "hooks," hanging them at the front of the room, and having kids craft examples to hang from each one!

5 Short Stories That Will Make You a Better Writer

5 Short Stories That Will Make You a Better Writer

5 Short Stories That Will Make You a Better Writer : FYI Lorrie Moore is an amazing short story/essay writer.

Learn about 10 of the most popular style guides for writers, authors, students and publishers. Includes APA style, MLA style, Chicago style, etc.

Learn about 10 of the most popular style guides for writers, authors, students and publishers. Includes APA style, MLA style, Chicago style, etc.

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