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Slang and swear words

Slang and swear words

Many writers feel that it is essential to use slang vocabulary in children’s stories. Slang can be part of the setting, part of the color of the story. It can be highly inventive and invective. The problem with slang is that it can make a…

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Emotional Life of Characters

Emotional Life of Characters

“The emotional lives of your characters need to be clearer than your own.” This is my own advice to writers that I find embarrassing, however true. The emotional lives of my characters are more obvious to me than my own. It might have something to…

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Where is this plot going?

Where is this plot going?

How many of you suffer writers’ block? I’ve been asked this question many times and I can’t answer it;  I don’t have periods when I simply can’t write and I feel as though I shouldn’t admit it. I may write nothing worth keeping at times, but…

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Grammar Gaffes

Grammar Gaffes

I thought I had a secure grasp of grammar until I became a writer. Then I realized that the rules I wrote with were inadequate. That martinet of a teacher who drummed correct usage into the heads of the students missed me. I blundered through…

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Where do you get your ideas?

Where do you get your ideas?

This is one of the most annoying questions a writer is asked. Ideas are everywhere. It isn’t a paucity of  ideas that is a problem, it is the time and effort it takes to translate those ideas to stories. I take ideas from anywhere –…

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