Went for a walk the other day and this was what I found just off the driveway. In the woods just far enough that I'd not have seen it if I hadn't followed Bailey into the trees to see what she was sniffing at. Nothing as far as I could tell and she came wagging …

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What’s the big deal with word count?

I've been asked a writer question: Many writers obsess over word count because publishers require a specific number of words for manuscripts so they can plan for a specific number of pages to be printed and figure the costs involved to be sure they don’t lose money. A short story normally is approximately 4,000 words, …

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How can a writer avoid cliches when describing characters?

I've been asked a writer question: How to describe characters and avoid cliches? That’s a rather common question, usually by newish writers because writers with a lot of experience know that almost all fictional characters are either cliches or archetypes of real people. Every writer wishes to avoid cliches. Every writer hopes to have their …

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