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Want to Maintain Credibility? Get Your Facts Right

The importance of getting all your facts right in your story or book can’t be overstated. If you want to lose all credibility with your readers, make one mistake. That one error will make your readers doubt that anything you wrote is accurate. Your readers...

For Nonfiction Writers: Add Elements to Your Stories

We can assume that virtually everything we write is going to go online, where it’s going to have infinite competition for readers’ eyeballs. We also know that readers’ tastes are fleeting; they’ll quickly move on unless you’re doing something to keep them on your story. So...

Are We Writing Too Many Pandemic-Inspired Armageddon Stories?

Global pandemics and the end of the world, Armageddon stories have been around for a long time. The 2020 pandemic (which now threatens 2021 as well) was forecasted in earlier literature like Dean Koontz’s 1981 novel, The Eyes of Darkness, which predicted a 2020 Wuhan-400...

Things Writers Should Never Do

Did you know there are actually some things you should never do as a writer? For one thing, be careful with your assumptions: don’t ever assume there’s only one way to write. There are countless self-help books out there telling us how to become a...

How to Write in Inverted Pyramid Style

The easiest way to write nonfiction, especially for new writers, is to use the inverted pyramid. This writing style works well in news stories, blogs, reports, even emails; anything where your goal is to communicate factual information. The inverted pyramid puts the most important information first and...

Why Do We Read?

If we are what we claim to be, writers, then we should know and appreciate the power of the written word. But how much do we read? Do we only read the same genre? Or do we challenge our senses and intellect by selecting reading...

Why You Should Avoid using Trademarks

A trademark is a name or symbol affiliated with a product. It can be the name of the product itself or a symbol identified with the product. Some examples are Coke, Xerox, and Rollerblade. The process of getting a term trademarked is neither simple nor inexpensive....

Let Contrast Enliven Your Characters

One way to grab, and keep, your readers’ attention is by letting your characters have contrasting attributes in their personalities. I’m not speaking of your story’s plot containing a twist or having a surprise ending. I mean conflicting qualities within a person. Here’s an example: One of your...

Why Writers Should Use Action Tags

Any work of fiction can be improved with the judicious use of action tags. As their name implies, action tags show characters engaging in some sort of physical action. They’re used in conjunction with dialogue. Here are a couple of examples, first a simple one...

Why and How to Write a Nut ‘Graph

You have heard the expression “the story in a nutshell,” which means telling a story quickly and including only the most important information. Learning to tell your story in a nutshell is a useful skill. This process is called writing a nut ‘graph (sometimes spelled nut...