The Writing Craft

Writing in Third-Person Point of View

January 31, 2023

What is Third-Person Point of View?  Do you wonder, as so many budding writers do, how to master Point of View? Third-person point of view is most common in storytelling—and with good reason. While first-person may be the easiest POV for readers to understand, because that makes it easier to avoid head hopping, third-person is […]

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15 Common Themes in Literature

January 16, 2023

If you’re like most people, the last time you discussed Literary Themes was in high school English class. Perhaps you discussed the Theme of death in one of Edgar Allen Poe’s many short stories, or picked apart the use of shame in The Scarlet Letter. Or maybe, like many, you were lost when finding the […]

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100+ Creative Writing Prompts to Hone Your Skills

December 7, 2022

How do you become a better athlete, musician, scholar—or anything? You know. Practice.  You run drills, play scales, review flashcards, whatever it takes. So how do you become a better writer? Speaking only for myself, I feel I get better by exercising my writing muscles. In other words, I write. Many of my colleagues swear […]

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Rising Action: Definition and Examples

November 23, 2022

To make your reader feel they can’t put down your novel, make sure everything your main character does to get out of his terrible trouble makes it only progressively worse, until everything appears hopeless. Such obstacles and failures making things worse — with the emphasis on progressively — is the very definition of Rising Action. […]

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Writing Relationship Conflict: Prolonging the Agony

September 7, 2022

Guest post by Becca Puglisi When it comes to story conflict, there are so many options to choose from. Power struggles, physical threats, moral dilemmas, failures, ticking clocks — they’re all great for ratcheting up tension, building reader empathy, and strengthening our plotlines. But the conflict we face most often as human beings — the […]

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