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5 Practical Exercises For the Creative Writer

After you’ve written a paragraph, have you ever stopped to squint at the words, wondering if you’ve chosen the right ones to convey the mood you intended? Did you manage to craft a distinct voice for your viewpoint character, or does the narrative sound too much like you? Are your commas placed correctly? All the… Continue reading 5 Practical Exercises For the Creative Writer

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The Life Changing Magic of Brainstorming

A new story is hard to write. And generating ideas to fill it is even harder. When you’re staring at a blank page, Solomon’s words in Ecclesiastes might haunt you: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” With so many great… Continue reading The Life Changing Magic of Brainstorming

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How to Harness Your Boredom and Spark Creativity

When was the last time you were bored? During my childhood, those who dared utter the forbidden phrase “I’m bored” were saddled with a chore or two (or three). Boredom is often viewed as idleness, and the solution is to fill that void with productivity. What if I told you that, as a writer, boredom… Continue reading How to Harness Your Boredom and Spark Creativity

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Finding Jane: The Case for Rigorous Reading

 In 1995, the BBC released their timeless television adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Since then, countless women have been swooning over Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and countless men have been rolling their eyes. My memory of  watching Pride and Prejudice is clear and vivid. What I remember the most is the language—its… Continue reading Finding Jane: The Case for Rigorous Reading