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Jack London at 25

It’s Jack London, and the year is 1899… Some are born to fortune, and some have fortune thrust upon them. But in my case I was clubbed into fortune, and bitter necessity wielded the club… I employed the time between odd jobs with writing a 21,000-word serial for the “Youth’s Companion.” I turned it out […]

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To the New Writer

Writing … In the Beginning was the Word- and it was driving me mad. Not because the Word was bad, but because it wouldn’t keep still. And as time passed, its friends started dropping by, hanging out because the First Word told them I was a “safe harbor.” “Safe harbor? What are you talking about?” […]

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Redundancy

You’re done writing your story and you’re typing it up when you notice something strange. Certain words keep cropping up again and again and again…

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Point of View

Your story is coming together, but things are getting confusing. One minute John is talking– then Mary butts in with her two cent’s worth, followed by the butler’s POV.  How do you bring order to this mess?

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Writing Dialogue

You’re writing stories right and left, and they’re full of wonderful description and searing conflict. But something is missing. When you review the story you notice that when people speak to each other, it doesn’t sound right. How do you fix this? While there are some stories out there where not a word of dialogue […]

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Avoiding Time Travel

You started out writing an historical account about the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of a young soldier. But after a few chapters, the story is jumping back and forth in time. Time travel wasn’t supposed to be part of the story, so what’s going on? When writing a story, there are several […]

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Sheldon’s Last Stand

Sheldon was furious. Struggling up the dark hill towards the parking lot where his bald-tired beater was resting, he cursed the class he had just stomped out of. “Who do they think they are?” he muttered,

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On a Roll: Part 1

Saturday, 22 Feb 2014 freewrite: This paper roll I’m writing on is supposed to be used in an adding machine, or since I swiped it from a box of excess office supplies at work, it most likely would be used in a machine that would spit out test data or test results that would later […]

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Freewriting Example #1

Freewrite … Reading over some of the reviews I’ve done, I don’t like the looks of them. In fact, they look hokey and amateurish. Would anyone read them besides me? I doubt it, since even I don’t like to look at them. Of course, there have been other pieces where I’ve wondered how I wrote […]

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