In fiction, how do you fairly and without bias write a compelling character you deeply dislike?

It’s easier than you might think. You write fairly and without bias because you are so totally determined to not be unfair that in most cases you’ll go the other way and make that character better than he/she really is. And you make that character compelling because to you, he/she is already compelling, in your …

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Why don’t we write “I am going” instead of “I go?”

Most writers do write ‘I am going’ and for a very good reason.   Workshops always tell writers and would-be writers to use the active voice and that means writing ‘I go.’ But they also tell writers and would-be writers to write the way people actually speak and since most people say, ‘I am going’ …

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WRITERS MUST BE CRAZY

I definitely believe this, especially now. The thing is, I'm a writer. But: I absolutely cannot learn the technology behind internet marketing. I recently spent two days -- two whole days -- figuring out how to get a newsletter out using Mailchimp. Now, according to other writers, Mailchimp is easy to use. Takes a few …

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Style

Funny, irreverent, somber, scary, sassy, reverent, childlike. I could do on forever with adjectives describing different writing styles. Style is wonderful. It gives stories something extra and distinguishes them from the works of other writers That is, it's wonderful as long as the author remembers the huge 'don't  that goes with using styl and that is... don't …

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