How to Be a Better Writer: Show Some Restraint

Write Right Talks about Writing RightOne of the tricks to good writing is knowing when to be quiet. Either some details don’t need to be shared at all – the well-known concept of the iceberg – or they need to be released incrementally. The flood gates need not be opened wide; a trickle is sufficient.

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What Book Made You Fall in Love with Reading?

Caught reading.

Second grade. The Indian in the Cupboard. The first, “big” book I read all by myself. The first that introduced me to the world of words and the adventures contained therein. The first to capture my fancy and make me fall in love with reading and writing.

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What to Do When You Disappoint Yourself

Disappointment and Hope

I disappoint myself on occasion. Some people might argue it’s my perfectionism rearing it’s ugly head, and they’re right at times. I sometimes hold myself to an untenable standard. Other times, I have a legitimate reason to be disappointed with myself.

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Write Right: Use, Usage, and Utilize

Write Right Talks about Writing RightThe words use, usage, and utilize suffer from a malady: they share common etymological roots. Those roots do not make the word synonyms; it only means that they are related in much the same way that cousins are related. The way to determining when to use one of the words is entirely dependent on their definitions and the surrounding context.

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Are Your Characters Round or Flat?

Developing character: round or flat?

Fiction houses two characters: round and flat. Both have roles to play in a story. The problem, except in the case of a plot-driven story, occurs when the main character, usually the protagonist but sometimes an antagonist, never leaves the realm of flat.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Miss Out

Red Umbrella

Choices can be placed into one of two categories: black and white ones and gray ones. Black and white ones aren’t necessarily easy to make even if the right choice is obvious; The Little Mermaid is an example. Ariel knows what is right, but she chooses what is wrong. She disobeys her father and finds herself facing the consequences. Even though everything comes aright in the end, she doesn’t know that it will in the midst of the disobedience and resulting pain. She only knows that she is losing her prince, her father, her friends, and very possibly herself. 

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Write Right: Allusion versus Illusion

Write Right Talks about Writing RightAllusion and illusion differ by only one vowel, but a single vowel is all it takes. The two words could not be more different from one another.

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How Long Should Your Novel Be?

Typewriter

Every so often, I’m asked about how long a particular type of content should be. It isn’t an absurd question; it’s one I’ve googled when I need to know how many characters I’m allowed in a subject line and how many words in a headline. Such is the way of things when writing marketing copy or an article for an online publication or print newspaper.

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Too Much of a Good Thing

Shipwreck

Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. In the case of introverts, alone time is a good thing. They need it to recharge. Too much alone time, though, is a very, very bad thing.

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Write Right Has a Midsummer Night’s Dream

Write Right is Puck.