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Don’t be Afraid to Pause or Slow Down

Good fiction pushes, propels, and prods characters along through twists, crises, and intriguing scenarios. A tricky part of writing fiction is determining when to speed up or slow down  the pace. Drama contains high points, low points, and points in between. If you treat every moment in a story equally spending the same number of […]

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October

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Quick, as in really quick take:

        Some of the best stories begin with wreckage. All stories need to begin with threat.  

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Couldn’t agree more because verbs are the ENGINES of your sentences

“Most people use twenty verbs to describe everything from a run in their stocking to the explosion of an atomic bomb. You know the ones: was, did, had, made, went, looked….One size fits all looks like crap on anyone. Sew yourself a custom made suit. Pick a better verb. Challenge all those verbs to really […]

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Quick Take: Stand Your Ground

Actually I’m talking about the people or story people in your stories. Readers need to know exactly where these folks are located. At all times. Is he or she  standing on a dock watching a purple-hued sunset, or  on a beach gazing in wonder at a  forever sky, or a character waiting impatiently in a […]

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Stories have a way of changing faces. They are unruly things, undisciplined, given to delinquency and throwing of erasers. This is why we must close them up into thick, solid books, so they cannot get out and cause trouble. ~ Catherynne M. Valente

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On the Equinox…

Wishing you balance and a new beginnings as autumn launches in the northern hemisphere. And writers who are taking part in NaNoWriMo are you gathering your thoughts and ideas, putting together an outline  or  your own method of  pre-planning? Perhaps using a notebook, collecting photos of your characters? Keep writing, keep dreaming, have heart

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any screen shots out there?

Hi there, My posts and drafts were lost via a GoDaddy migration problem. The missing posts happened after July 1,2021. I would especially appreciate a longer column Voice is Identity. I’ve lost hours of work. If anyone has links or copies of any posts could you please contact me via email at jessicapagemorrell at gmail […]

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July

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