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Creative writing refers to a writing style that expresses thoughts and ideas in an imaginative way. It involves creating a work of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, going beyond the technical, professional, journalistic, and academic form of literature.
How to Keep a Reader's Interest Without knowing more about the type of book in discussion, here is some general advice. The secret to writing suspense - that which keeps the reader turning the pages - is to set up a question in the reader's mind such that she will not be able to rest until the read…
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Well, I used to have lots of pieces of advice for writers, and these days, I've whittled them down to two pieces of advice. Which are, (1) if you're going to be a writer, you have to write. (2) You have to finish things. Beyond that, I suspect all is detail, but I would add to that, that having wri…
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Expression through Written WordWrite from the heart always! Even if it is non-fiction, a writer must put him/herself in the shoes of the character(s) portrayed and put down his/her own thoughts. One trick is for a writer to use some of the personalities of acquaintances and twisting it a little. Wri…
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But never call your story "Lavinia", if your main heroine is called Lavinia.
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When you are asked to describe yourself, you do it the same way you describe any other person. Start with physical details, add some personal information, and maybe put in your internal self -- personality, hopes and dreams, strengths and weaknesses. Only you can describe yourself. Write down a f…
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Children's writing coursesThere are a variety of formats for courses in children's writing. There are children's writing courses available on the Internet, correspondence courses, MFA programs, and local children's writing classes.Internet courses covering children's writing are available at an affo…
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Children's literature writing courses If you read writing magazines such as "Writer's Digest" and "The Writer," there may be an advertisement about becoming a children's writer on the first page or so. The advertisement specifies that you need to take a writing test in order to be considered for …
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Publishing companies now have all the resources to publish children's books with the same productivity and efficacy as that of regular black and white books. Considering the fact that most children's book are in full color, you should choose a publishing company whose book's are of the highest quali…
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Ask around! Post "wanted" ads on the bulletin boards at work or at the local grocery store or newspaper. If there's a college in town, head to the coffee shop or book store on campus and place ads there.
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Nobody can answer this question except you! You have to write about something that is interesting to you, or you won't be able to finish the thing. What historical time period are you interested enough to research? You will need to do enough research so that you can describe every aspect of the …
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It is a personal choice but you can use either. As a published author, I would highly recommend using a PC. Many agents now require an 'electronic' copy of your manuscript, as do publishers. Even if you are going to self-publish, you will still need to get it into a computer in order for any modern …
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To become a writer, you have to write... every day. That's all it takes. You don't need a degree; you don't have to go to a special college ... just write! Now, to become a *published* writer, it takes a little more. You have to finish writing things, and submit them for publication, never give up…
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You should write your book first and then make it into a script. If you can, try to get a copy of an old script. I am lucky enough to have a friend in the movie business and got an old script from him. It's not as easy as you think to do a script as you have to add in (actions of the person at the t…
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A writer is someone who writes. Full stop, period. You may become a published author if you sell your work - or you may just keep calling yourself a writer. The following is copied from a website, but the person didn't credit it properly, so I'm just leaving the main points - Generally, there are tw…
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2 cents per year ( if you have a dumb book )-----------------------------------------------This depends on so many factors. Im planning on being a writer when im older, creative writing major. Publishing companies will sometime give you a small amount of bonus money for writing ur novel when your no…
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I believe it was George Bernard Shaw who said write everyday even if you throw it away, but write every day. Just get started and write it as if you were verbally telling your story to someone else. Good luck! Just start writing... ...because you can always edit the writing later. Th…
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Writers' Incomes As with any profession, the amount of income you can expect to make depends upon a great many factors. These factors include the type of writing you wish to do, your personal level of writing skill, and no small amount of luck. Typically, writers will fall into one of three categori…
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"Don't listen to any advice, that's what I'd say. Write only what you want to write. Please yourself. YOU are the genius, they're not. Especially don't listen to people (such as publishers) who think that you need to write what readers say they want. Readers don't always know what they want. I don't…
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Start where the action begins. You can always add a flashback or have one character explain to another what happened before - your book or story needs to start at the beginning of the excitement! If you make some kind of outline - it doesn't matter if it's a formal one typed out, or just a bunch of…
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Computers Can't Even Think They Can Take Over The World It is easy to develop some mathematical algorithm to compute the grammatical accuracy of a sentence or multiple sentences in a paragraph. However, there is no way a computer could possibly explain to a budding scribe the subtle nuances of style…
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A good subject is something that you know well or that you have an idea about. That helps your motivation in continuing to write. You can usually find a good topic among the things that interest you. That way writing doesn't have to be a chore as much as a joy. Writing an entire book is a lot of har…
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A great site for creative writing is one that has a decent size of writers within the community to offer you feedback, help, and inspiration amongst other things. The site should not claim any copyrights to your writing and should also be free. For a list of interesting writing sites, please see th…
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Answer Either the author themselves or their publishing company. If the quote was written BEFORE December 31, 1922 it is considered public domain and you are free to use it without permission. Pay careful attention to all other dates and be sure to get permission to print in writing! Copyrig…
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The basic definition of an ironic commentary is using words or phrases to convey something that is the opposite of the literal meaning. For example, if someone says they had a bad day, and your response is 'Sounds Awesome' that would be an ironic commentary. So, for a romance story you would write t…
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Dialogue means writing down the way that people speak and communicate. Dialogue does several things in writing: it gives the reader information it adds depth to the characters it makes the story more interesting Dialogue can be tricky to write well. The best way to learn how to create believable …
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With the advent of large fast copiers it is now possible to print just one copy of your book, or 100, or 5000. Some bookshops now have an Espresso Book Machine which will print a copy of an out-of-print book while you wait. Other publishers offer to print your book for you. Do a google search for …
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There are about 9 child authors in the world. More input What would you classify as children? Would that involve something under 18? Further More Input The youngest author who ever published was 4 years of age. Doesn't make much of a difference to authors who are older than her when it comes to b…
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A degree in journalism, communications, media, film or English composition.
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It depends how long it takes you to write and edit the book
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Answer Freelance writers A freelance writer is one who writes stories, articles, etc., and then tries to sell them to different magazines, papers, etc. There are all kinds of Specialties that Freelancers can specialise them selves in, like for example things like 'Ghost Writing', (writing speech…
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Wow. That is a huge question. But, with a simple answer. Here are a few steps you need to complete before you stormwrite/brainstorm/brainwrite/ whatever. 1. Get an idea of what your novel/story/book is going to be about 2. Know your characters inside and out 3. Know your time and place inside out…
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There aren't really any boring titles. You call your writing whatever you want -- often, you will change your mind several times before you publish it, so don't worry so much about whether the title is boring or not.
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The most basic skills one needs to become a writer is a practical knowledge of one's language and the ability to express one's self effectively to one's target audience. Some have a natural talent for effective communication, while others have to study language and communication in order to convey t…
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Answer Getting published for children is the very same as getting published for adults, except harder. The Children's publishing market is highly competitive since the saturation of supernovae such as the Harry Potter books, so be prepared for quite a lot of rejection if you are a first time auth…
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People get writer's block for different reasons, and at different levels of severity. One thing that I used to do in a workshop on overcoming writer's block is have people write about random things. Sometimes you can get over the block if you focus on something besides what you have been *trying* to…
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Any idea that is interesting enough to you will be a good idea. You cannot write a story or novel based on ideas that someone else invents - you won't be interested enough in the subject to be able to research and write anything that will actually sell. Plus, anonymous people on the internet have no…
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It really depends on how you use your skill. You don't really need a formal education in order to become a writer! You can get your education and training by reading and practicing. To get a better idea of just some of the opportunities in writing, try reading the article links. If you went with a…
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Sometimes it is the dramatic things in life that inspire us. The dramatic things are not always bad... marriage, birth, a great new job... these things can inspire as well... but yes, sometimes it is the dramatically bad that gives us the impetus to write. ... but that doesn't mean that we can only …
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It does not matter whether other writers enjoy writing! If you want to write, get started!
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Irony is saying one thing but meaning the opposite. It's a little hard to do in writing because you have to really think about it. That song "Isn't It Ironic" does not give things that are ironic! Some examples of irony include saying "Great!" when you really mean "Blast It All!" or hearing that you…
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The 7 elements are: -plot -setting -tone -style -point of view -character -theme
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Old enough to be able to have the know how and the life experience to write a compelling and interesting book. The writer of Eragon, a hit book series about the unbreakable bond between a chosen boy and a dragon, was just a 15 year old kid whose ideas caught fire and found a publisher, and, plus, th…
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It depends whether you are writing to apply for a job or writing a book about yourself. If it's for a job then think of the things you are interested in and what your character is like: eg: interested in sports, active in skiing, digital imagery, like to read and gain knowledge, etc. If you are …
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You think of a mystery that has never been solved -- you can make one up if you want! -- and write what happened.
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Elements of a narrative: Setting - Where the story takes place; usually every scene has a change of setting. Character - Description of the character and a little of their background. Plot - The series of events that unfold in the story. Conflict - The struggle between two opposing forces. …
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*This is a LONG list which DOES include most areas of the world - just keep reading!* According to a recent study in the U.S. News and World Report, here are the top ten U.S. universities with graduate studies in creative writing (in order from best to less than best): University of Iowa Johns Hop…
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It's possible, but not common. Usually writer's block is temporary, and dealing with some of the stress in your life, or just doing some simple exercises can get you out of it. Some of the things that can help are to write anyway, about *anything* ... something unrelated to whatever your main proj…
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There isn't a list of 30 Special Things. A writer needs to be able to figure these things out -- put whatever you believe is an important life lesson, and your story will be OK.
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Try to create a story be intune with the charecters become them live their lives and then let your mind flow write what the charecter feels. Keep a note pad with you and a pen that works at all times. Any ideas that you come up with write them down. Unless your driving of course.lmao!!!!!!!! Remembe…
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Two ways, and neither is quick nor easy. First, read. Read. Read. Read. Then, read. Reading often will give you a terrific feel for the way language is used and how ideas coalesce into sentences, paragraphs, chapters, etc. Second, write. Write and then read what you have written aloud to yourself. M…
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Once you have completed your story or article, you decide the proper outlet for it, then submit your proposal/request for publication to that source. Hence, if you want to write gardening hints, you would write to the gardening magazines. If you want to publish a mystery novel, you would write to pu…
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You need to find an anthology that is about what your story is about. The best way to do this is to Google "anthology submissions" and add a word or two about your story subject. This will get you the names of any publishers who are currently accepting stories like yours -- if you find one, send it …
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the elements of a drama are the following:charactersplotthemedialogueconventiongenreaudiencestagecraftdesign
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Answer Contact writers who have done biographical work that has impressed you, or contact publishers to see if they would recommend a few writers for you to consider. You may even find good free-lance writers who would love the opportuity to take on a major project. ANSWER Look to yourself. W…
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Nobody can tell you what to write - you must write what is in your own heart and mind. Copying what someone else has written leads to dull, boring writing that is not going to help you learn how to write better. Click on the Related Questions to learn how to do this for yourself!
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Click the link to learn how to describe people. Only you know what you love about your significant other!
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This question is a bit too broad to answer. Do you mean how do you use a pencil or pen to write in cursive? Do you mean how do you write a story, or how do you write an essay? Please rewrite the question so that it is more specific. You can also check out the related links below to see if one of the…
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This depends on what year it is. The best way to find a good literary agent is to get the latest copy of the Writer's Market Guide to Literary Agents. You can also find out who your favorite author's agent is, and write to that agency.
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The 'publishing factory' is composed of several separate sub-assemblies. The text and artwork for a book is printed on paper using large, dirty presses, which print the text on large sheets of paper that can be 40" or larger, in one or both directions, depending on the size of the press.Pages are th…
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Think about how you'd feel lost at sea. Write your emotions for the characters emotions. Ect. Ect. But you have to write why the character is there and how they got there in the first place.
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WikiAnswers will not write your homework for you, but we WILL help you learn how to do it yourself! Click on the Related Questions for even more information. Write sentences the way you speak - just pretend you are telling this to a friend, and write down what you would say. What would you tell the…
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A short story is 2,000 to 7,500 words. This is anywhere between 10 to 30 typed pages, depending on how many words you can fit onto one page.You write a short story the same way you write anything else. Pick a topic, sit down, and get started.Click on the Related Questions to see how to write better,…
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With a good hook to lure the reader in. Try starting with an interesting fact or a rhetorical question.
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This is copied from a teaching syllabus -- I can't remember the author because I copied it down quite awhile ago! Characters and how we get to know them:1. Through the author's physical description of them2. Their actions3. Their words4. Their inner thoughts5. Through what other characters say and t…
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Yes. There are plays and short stories that are all dialogue. It is hard to pull off, but it is possible. But maybe if it's not acted and it's only written, you will have to write forexample "Bill Said" Check out 'They're Made Out of Meat' by Terry Bisson
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The best way to improve your writing is to write! There are many great sites and writing communities that allow you to do just that as well as online resources teach you how to improve your craft. A quick Google search for "free writing sites" or "creative writing online" will return hundreds of re…
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My tattered old teddy bear that my father gave to me the day I was born.You describe anything in the same way:Use the senses - what does it look like, sound like, smell like, feel like, taste likeUse emotion - how do you feel when you think about this thing?Use facts - what else do you know abou…
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A person who is potentially walking on very thin ice. Answer A person who desperately wants to be an autobiographer.
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Use a search engine - We have a question linked below for creative writing colleges. For your local college, I'd say just pick up the phone and call them.
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A book title cannot be copyrighted. I am an author and know this for certain. You can call your book whatever you please. There are many authors out there who have the same book title as other authors. See the following: Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell Bo…
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Answer Try contacting the U S Patents Office (I am presuming that you live in the US). If necessary, enter "US Patents Office" in Google/Yahoo for their contact details. Yes but, The first and most important step in securing your rights to your idea, product or invention is verifiable dated doc…
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Answer Because guys are stupid and dont pay attention and are to busy looking at girls!!.
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One Warning Remember that anything you put online is hard to control - unless you have already sold the material, I would be wary of posting it where someone else could copy it and sell it as their own. Don't post entire works, but use samples instead. Some Options (check Related Links for URLs): …
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Clarification.
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Everyone writes at their own pace! You will take as long as you take to write, so don't worry about it. Nora Roberts is a very fast writer, and usually publishes several books in one year. Jim Butcher tends to write one book every year or so. Start writing and see how long it takes! Having imaginat…
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WikiAnswers will not write your homework for you, but we WILL help you learn how to do it yourself! Click on the Related Questions for even more information. Write sentences the way you speak - just pretend you are telling this to a friend, and write down what you would say. What would you tell the…
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Unless an Author is writing something regarding him or herself, rarely will any of their stories reflect anything in their own life especially if they are writing fiction. An example of this might be that an author is writing a story about a serial killer. That doesn't mean that the author moonlig…
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The most reliable avenue to find an agent is through the Association of Authors' Representatives -- see link below. They don't charge reading fees. Beware of agents who ask for money upfront, they are often ripoffs. You can also get the most current issue of Writer's Market -- it will list literary…
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WikiAnswers will not write your homework for you, but we WILL help you learn how to do it yourself! Click on the Related Questions for even more information. You were the one on that glider, not us! Write sentences the way you speak - just pretend you are telling this to a friend, and write down w…
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Well, first of all, not all book are available electronically. So, if you want to read stuff by a certain author or in a certain genre, you can't always find it in an elctronic version. Secondly, unless you buy a handheld reader, it is really hard to read in bed... which is one of the best places to…
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Publishing prices range from a few dollars to $30,000, but a good average is around $2,000 to $3,000. It all depends on the level of services you require.
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There are no required books. It's possible to be illiterate and still practice Buddhism well. On the other hand, although the Buddha himself (like Jesus) never wrote any books, his teachings were passed down orally for centuries and eventually written down. If you are interested in reading some, her…
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WikiAnswers will not write your homework for you, but we WILL help you learn how to do it yourself! Click on the Related Questions for even more information. Write sentences the way you speak - just pretend you are telling this to a friend, and write down what you would say. What would you tell the…
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I am writing a short story and so far I have 2250 words witch is like nine pages.
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they must be ambitious and be head strong
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Writing an assignment is the same as any other sort of writing. Decide what topic you will use - or use the one assigned to you - and decide if you are writing a fiction or nonfiction story. Do your research and find out as much about your topic as you can. Then start writing. Once you have gotten a…
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Click the link to learn how to describe people. For an enemy, you need to put down what they do and say that makes them your enemy.
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Your question is rather self-explanatory. Now if your asking about formats, there are many writing softwares out there that can assist you. The one I'm most fond of is yWriter5. In a simple word document, make each chapter a separate file. That's about all you can do!
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A rounded character is usually a main character in the story. By saying it's a rounded character it means it is a character that is well-developed, and has many characteristics.
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Vivid means memorable, intensely deep or bright, producing powerful emotions or images. Vivid detail would be detail that does all of those things.
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Nobody can tell you what to write - you must write what is in your own heart and mind. Copying what someone else has written leads to dull, boring writing that is not going to help you learn how to write better. I suggest you look up all these words in your dictionary so that you can write some goo…
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An author is a person who writes, or otherwise conceives of a text, poem, illustrated work, or film. Writers are people whot write (hence the name writer) but when your book is published you're an author. If your book is rejected by a publisher, don't feel badly, as many famous authors have struggle…
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It is the part of literature that introduces the character(s).Bob is tall and wants a cheeseburger.
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Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd f…
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Overcoming obstacles in the field of writing can often be accomplished by asking the advice of experienced persons. It is often the case that professional writers have a varied experience that can help a struggling writer to achieve writing success.
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Every writer has different strengths and weaknesses. They usually have a specific list of things they look for when they are editing. Editing requires a totally different mindset than writing. Writing is a creative process whereas editing is a critical process. Few people can do both well at the sa…
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The conflict is when something exciting is gonna happen
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Research on the Internet - depending on where you live at, there are probably annual friction writing contests. There are contests where you submit it online. Try the Scholastic Awards.
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well we are doing a project at school and we got 3 short stories and they are good
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