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Help! I’m stuck in this paragraph and I can’t get out!

writer at work

I picked up a book awhile ago and was enjoying the read until I turned the page, and there staring me in the face was this monster sized paragraph. It was too long with too much detail to digest at once. I was reading for pleasure, but just looking at it and knowing that I had to read it to continue the story left me feeling like a kid sitting down to homework. Read the rest of this entry »

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Keeping it Real

Stevie Nicks’ advice to an idol contestant: “It doesn’t matter about your big voice, it matters about your heart.” That’s what’s going  to translate, to draw people in.

No matter how great the voice is, if the words ring hollow, if there is nothing of substance behind them, you won’t connect with your audience. You have to be an actor as well as a singer. And a good actor makes the viewer believe what he’s saying is true; that what he is “feeling” is real.  Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Pace Your Writing

                   

 Finding Your Rhythm

Pacing is the rhythm or tempo that determines how fast or slow a story reads. It’s also what a writer uses in each scene to hook their reader and draw them into the emotion or mood of their character’s experiences and into their fictional world.

My first introduction to the term pacing was when I received a critique of a writing sample that I submitted to a writer’s guild. Although I could make a vague guess, I have to admit that at the time I didn’t know what pacing actually was. Fortunately my feedback was positive, but just as I needed to know what I was doing wrong I also needed to know what I was doing right, and I was clueless.

My newly discovered ignorance was incentive to educate myself on writer’s terminology and what it means in terms of becoming a successful writer…So here is a little of what I have learned… Read the rest of this entry »

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