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Instead of dissecting the symbolism and thematic significance of a poem, this series is meant to be a practical discussion… Read more Portraying character in fiction: Lessons from J. Alfred Prufrock
Creating effective character descriptions can be difficult. You can bore the reader with too much description, but if it’s used… Read more How do I write effective character descriptions? (part 1)
Warning: This isn’t an in-depth, academic poetry analysis full of symbolism and themes. This is a more practical look at… Read more What fiction writers can learn from E.E. Cummings
The present tense is a controversial subject among writers. You’ll hear people who love it and people who vow never… Read more Should writers use the present tense?
I’ve often heard people who give writing advice say “don’t write a prologue.” If I were someone qualified to give… Read more On beginnings: The prologue to The Name of the Wind
Stephen King has some wonderful first lines, that both hook the reader and skillfully capture the essence of the book.… Read more On Beginnings: Stephen King’s first lines