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Why Writing Well Is All About Intensity

“…I began to find life unsatisfactory as an explanation of itself and was forced to adopt the method of the artist of not explaining but putting the blocks together in some other way that seems more significant to him. Which is a fancy way of saying I started writing.”   I taught fiction at Mt. Hermon last week. The most
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The #1 Most Powerful Story Tool: Convey Fear

High stakes yield high success.   Donald Maass If you’re working to write or edit a book, you naturally want to know how you can improve the read. In all the books I edit, I try to serve as a careful reader and one of my primary considerations is always whether the story has enough of a sense of danger
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The #1 Writing Problem I See–and How to Fix It

Of course, there are too many writing problems to count… It’d be foolishness to think we could narrow it down to one. Or would it? For the benefit of everyone–including your future readers–I’m going to try. As I sat down at my writing chair last night to consider what I haven’t shared yet over the years of writing these little thoughts, first as an
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What’s Really Left to Say?

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” – Graham Greene It’s Saturday and I’m still working. I’m tired, worn out. Tea, I think. Lord knows, I’ve had plenty of coffee.
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The Gift of Fear and Remembering

I suppose it would take something like a kids basketball game to shock me into remembering that fear is also a gift. Most of you probably guessed I’m not exactly a sports super-fan. But basketball is just about the worst. For proof, if that’s needed, consider the amazing imagination it required to invent a game of throwing a ball into a bucket. The
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