gmoore
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How To Avoid Using Cliches In Storylines?
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Layered, nuanced characters and depth of story will help you avoid cliches. Look, we're all writing a lot of the same stuff. Good guys, bad guys, boy meets girl, she gets kidnapped, blah blah blah. ...

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Finding before/after examples where writing has been improved, to learn from
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Two books for you to read: On Writing by Stephen King. Contains an early draft of 1408 along with King's margin notes from when he revised it. I really liked seeing that someone as prolific as King ...

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How to make travel scenes interesting without adding needless plot diversions?
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One mistake I made early in my writing is that I felt that everything had to be described at all times. If the bad guy was fixing a presidential election, over the course of the novel I'd continually ...

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Tips for humor writing
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Read things that you find funny. Eventually, humor will organically bubble up in your own writing. This is the best way, as forced humor usually comes off bad. Comedy, as a genre, is hard to get ...

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Is Mac OSX Lion's Revision Control System useable by writers?
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Celtx offered version control several years ago. I got excited about that, and then I never used it. Version control systems are popular in software because rolling back in time is not uncommon (and,...

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Signs of Bad Character Development
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What signs might there be that I'm writing an unbelievable character or one no one will care a thing about? If your character is perfect, that is a bad sign. Your character must have weaknesses and ...

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How difficult is it to break into screenwriting?
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Breaking into "the business" by getting a spec script sold is a long shot. Write your spec scripts because you like writing and you want to improve, not because you're looking to get something sold. ...

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Where are the best places to promote tech books?
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Contact the local users group of the technology you've written about. Ask them to read and review your book. Repeat for all users groups on this subject at the national level. check Meetup.com for ...

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