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The craft of #writing: ratcheting chapter tension

Like a pinball, your story bounces around in your head, hitting your occipital lobe, hippocampus, and the front of your brain, lighting them all up with the act of creation. If you are a master writer, you light up the caudate nucleus, which handles skills gained over time. Creating a story uses tons of brain […]

Wordsmithery: ignite your #writing with best-selling-author metrics

Having worked as a ghostwriter for eight years, writing nearly every day, while working quickly, efficiently, and sparked the need for me to develop ninja wordsmithing skills. And for this I turned to machine editing tools. When I first started, I suffered some backlash from my writing friends. The common sentiment was this: Sorry, I […]

The #Writer’s Craft: Word Counts, Story Length & Story Structure

(Beth Turnage Blog)  I’ve written several posts on Quora on writing and thought I’d curate some here. You can call it laziness, but really it’s a lack of time since ghostwriting is keeping me very busy. Really. 😉 How do word count limitations affect what you can fit into a story? This is an excellent… Continue reading The #Writer’s Craft: Word Counts, Story Length & Story Structure

The #Writer’s Craft: #Edit using #Free SAS #Writing Reviser

(Beth Turnage) One gem in Google Apps is the free editing tool g.suite’s SAS Writing Reviser. Designed for school use, there is no reason why you can’t use it for your writing. Now, I love this thing, not only for its price point but also for the tools it offers, including, and get this, a… Continue reading The #Writer’s Craft: #Edit using #Free SAS #Writing Reviser

A Very Special FWO Weird #Christmas

(Beth Turnage Blog) From time to time at Fantasy Writer dot org we have submission challenges were we challenge each other to submit en massé to one publication to see how we fare. At Christmas, we participate in the Weird Christmas Flash Fiction Contest,where Craig, the owner of the site, chooses a few winners and… Continue reading A Very Special FWO Weird #Christmas

The #Writers Craft: One Big Step for #ProWritingAid: One Giant Leap for Writerkind

(Beth Turnage Blog) Christmas arrived in July when Chris Banks of Pro-Writing Aid made this announcement in their monthly email: Beta Testers Needed for our New GoogleDocs Add-On We are thrilled to introduce our shiny new GoogleDocs add-on! Now you will have access to the full ProWritingAid editor right within GoogleDocs. It’s brand new, however,… Continue reading The #Writers Craft: One Big Step for #ProWritingAid: One Giant Leap for Writerkind

The Craft of #Writing: Brain Secrets of Lexical Density

Writing is hard. Difficult. Okay, it’s the kick in your stomach when you are working like a demon to scrape the words out of your dissolute soul.The words refuse to arrive like the A-list celebrities you invited to your party. Your characters snottily refuse to talk to you, your descriptions fall flatter than gluten-free pancakes,… Continue reading The Craft of #Writing: Brain Secrets of Lexical Density

#Writerslife: Interview with a character

Writers are advised to write character studies or “interview” their characters. How do you interview an imaginary character? Here to help you is my process. Beth: Hello, new guy. Welcome to my head. Have a seat and get comfortable. NG: [looks around] Gee. It looks crowded in here. Beth: Yeah. I write a lot. Some… Continue reading #Writerslife: Interview with a character