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Celebrate Words Like a Poet, by Lindsay Bandy

Whale. Palm tree. Intestines. Roses. That was the dude’s poem. Seriously. When a visiting “modern poet” came to my Creative Writing class and read his stream-of-consciousness poetry aloud, most of us were dumbfounded. A guy raised his hand and asked … Continue reading

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Reining in Picture Book Back Story, by Anna Forrester

 Way too often on a first draft, I lead with back story. It’s a habit I hope to outgrow as my writing matures. But in the meantime, I need strategies to fix it once all that background info is already there, … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Writing Realistic Dialogue in Young Adult Fiction, by Lori Ann Palma

Most writers will tell you that good fiction is all about the show, not about the tell. Dialogue is one of the most important “showing” tools in a writer’s toolbox, but when it comes to writing exciting and believable dialogue … Continue reading

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