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Have You Tested Your Theme Against Your Plot?

Writing

Have You Tested Your Theme Against Your Plot?

by: Nick Vernon

Creative Writing Tips –
How we usually begin the preparation stage in the writing process is…

We think of an idea for a story
We think of a suitable theme
We plot

Once we come up with a theme and we begin plotting, we have to see how the theme and the plot match up. Sometimes as we plot we find that the theme we had initially chosen won’t do.
For example…
‘Winning The Lottery Makes Your Life Easier’
Plotting with this theme in mind, we have our characters pay off all their debts, go on endless shopping sprees, go on holidays, etc. We find though that this won’t make a very interesting story. So we spice it up, adding to the theme or coming up with a different one.
“Winning The Lottery Makes Your Life Easier But ...

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Contest Advice for Screenplay Writers

Writing

Contest Advice for Screenplay Writers

by: Lynne Pembroke

Introduction
There are many screenplay contests available to the aspiring screenwriter. These contests can be a good avenue to getting one’s work noticed and/or make a sale. So, it’s important to make certain that you have written your screenplay to the best of your ability and according to industry standards.
The most important thing to do for any aspiring screenwriter is to first learn the basic techniques of screenwriting before sitting down to write one. I come across many hopeful writers who think that all it takes to write a script is a good story idea and a lot of explosive special effects...

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Everything I Needed to Know About Article Writing

Writing

Everything I Needed to Know About Article Writing I Learned from My English Teacher

by: Glenn Beach

By now you probably understand how important writing for trade publications is to establishing credibility in the home business world.
On to the first hurdle: how do you get past that HUGE writers’ block? How do you know what to write about, and how do you make it unique, informative and interesting?
Remember how you resisted writing those reports in school, insisting that you would never need to know how to do that in “real life”? Welcome to the real world of business writing.
Your English teacher gave you the bare bones: pick a topic, research, take notes, make lists and an outline, write a rough draft in your own words, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite...

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You Could Be An Author!

Writing

You Could Be An Author!

by: Joaquin de la Sierra

I started writing when I was 16 years old. To this day I love writing; I love the fact that we can translate words into images. It is incredible when I think about it. Everyone should write, writing is a way to express your feelings, what you want, what you are.
There is no excuse. With word processors, which are a godsend by the way, you can just start writing and you don’t have to worry about spelling mistakes, having to retype anything, and many other things. If you are reading this is probably because you want to write, but for some reason you haven’t done so.
If you think that writing will only take time away from you, you are wrong. Writing improves you in every way you can imagine...

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The Secret to Good Writing

Writing

The Secret to Good Writing

by: Marie-Claire Ross

Skilful business writing involves getting your message across simply and quickly. This often means writing in a style that is easily read and understood by a broad audience.
Yet, writing simply is often difficult for most of us.
Why? The answer lies in our school education. We learnt that if we used big words and complex sentences, we were more likely to get an ‘A’ by our English teacher or University lecturer. The education system taught us that people who use a broad range of vocabulary are more intelligent that the rest of us.
There is nothing wrong with writing beautifully pieces of prose that feature a stunning range of vocabulary knowledge. However, such writing is unsuitable for a business market.
No business manager has the time ...

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