Writing great dialog–Part 1

From Rick: As I mentioned in last week’s brief post, Scott and I lately have been quite busy. So, for a while, we’re going to reduce the length of our blog posts, dividing them into multiple posts when necessary, to

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Bad writing habits–examples

From Rick and Scott: Last week Scott talked about four bad habits of writers. The first was the use of habit words and phrases. Nearly every author is guilty of falling into the use of certain repetitive writing habits. The

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Hard habits to break–What not to learn from the pros

From Scott: Last time, I discussed some good habits I have learned from reading the works of other authors. Great writers like Vince Flynn, Terry Brooks, and James Patterson have used many successful tools and techniques, and if you study

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Formatting guidelines–PART 3 (Miscellaneous topics)

From Rick: This post will finish the topic of formatting (for now) and attempt to cover those varied points not previously discussed. (1) Smart quote redux This past week I discovered a problem with smart quotes. Remember that I said

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Manuscript formatting guidelines–PART 1

From Rick: We talk a lot about the specifics of grammar and craft in this blog, but one aspect of writing we’ve left out so far deals with the basics of formatting your story or manuscript. Just so we’re clear,

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Common homophone usage errors among writers–Part 1

From Rick: Scott and I have done a couple of previous blogs on this topic (9/10/12 and 9/17/12). I’ve updated the blog categories to include one on Confusing Words, so you can find them easily. What I’m going to do

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