L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Why humor in fiction is so essential

By Josh Sippie A spoonful of humor really is the best medicine for your stories. For many, being a serious writer may mean writing deep, dark explorations of the human consciousness. No laughter need apply.The venerable Martin Amis, in his book Inside Story, blames this on “the intellectual glamour of gloom…the idea that sullen pessimism …

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All the things I wish I’d known as a beginner horror writer

Want to write horror? Read this first. By Tim Waggoner I started writing seriously, with an aim toward making it my career, almost 40 years ago. I explored several genres – science fiction, fantasy, literary, mystery, and horror – before eventually focusing on the latter. It was inevitable, I suppose. Horror was my first love, …

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5 Writing Rules That Work No Matter What You’re Writing

by Emily Wenstrom Short stories. Marketing copy. News reporting. Poetry. Business proposals. Literary fiction. Technical writing. Blogs. Advertising. There are a ton of different kinds of writing out there, each strikingly different from others. Worse, each different kind follows different writing rules. And yet, regardless of what kind of writing you do, there are certain foundational writing …

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8 Tips for Improving Your Writing Style

Written by the MasterClass staff As you progress in your journey as an author, you may find yourself seeking ways to improve your writing style. Start the journey with these 8 key strategies. It’s not what you say but how you say it. We’ve all heard that line before. In writing, how you say something …

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Uppercase and Lowercase

The terms “uppercase” and “lowercase” come from the way in which print shops were organized hundreds of years ago. Individual pieces of metal type were kept in boxes called cases. The smaller letters, which were used most often, were kept in a lower case that was easier to reach.


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