A Writer’s Guide to Paragraphs

So we're going back to the basics today, because it's come to my attention that a lot of people are confused about paragraphs. That's okay if you are. Paragraphs are tricky things, and it took me years to figure out how to make them work. Part of the problem is the way they're taught in … Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Paragraphs

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A Writer’s Guide to Speech Patterns

So the other day I was talking to someone, and they mentioned how they struggle to write characters with different speech patterns. No matter how hard they try, every character they write sounds the same. This is a pretty common problem, so here I am to talk about it! I always like to start these … Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Speech Patterns

A Writer’s Guide to Filter Words

This is one of those details that can take a good story and make it great. We'll start with definitions, as we usually do: Filter Words: extra phrases meant to establish a character's perception. They filter the story through the main character's senses. Example: He saw, she felt, he remembered, they heard, etc.  There's nothing inherently wrong with … Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Filter Words