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Telling vs. Showing When Emotions Are at Work

By Angela Ackerman Show, Don’t Tell is one of those writerly phrases thrown out often enough that many writers can’t help but roll their eyes when they hear it. And I get it; the concept is drilled into us from the moment we crack open our first craft book or…

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Using Triggers to Poke at a Character’s Emotional Wound

When it comes to acknowledging what hurts us, the old saying, Deny, deny, deny! comes to mind. It’s no different with our characters, and in both cases, refusing to deal with wounding events carries a steep price.

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Which Came First? Awesome Writing Tools with All the Answers

by Chris Mandeville   The other day I was talking to another writer about the young adult time travel story I’m writing. Her first question was, “Do you have the book English Through the Ages?” I didn’t, but at her encouragement I got one immediately. The minute I opened the…

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Writing Powerful Scenes: Why Choosing The Right Setting Is So Important

By Angela Ackerman   Many authors, when in the throes of scene planning, are all about the action. They know who the players are, what they feel, and what needs to happen. With those three biggies squared away, it’s really just a matter of pounding out the words, right? Nope.…

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KWL Blog from 2014 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 150,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 6 days for that many people…

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A Writer’s Conference for the Independently Minded

In just a couple of days, IndieReCon will return to the web and Kobo Writing Life is delighted to be a sponsor!  IndieReCon 2014, in its second year, is a free online writer’s conference dedicated to indie publishing. That’s right. It’s free. And you don’t even need to leave the…

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Back to Basics

You might have a great story idea and are ready to get it down on the page, but there is so much more than the actual plot line you need to figure out before the book is complete. With text messaging and spellcheck we might not be fully aware or…

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Emotions That Escalate: How to Build Tension Successfully

When emotions escalate in a story, it means tension. A range of emotions allows the reader to experience more, and keep things interesting

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