L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

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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By Charlotte Ahlin When you think about it, the horror genre makes no sense at all. We sit and stare at pieces of paper with words on them, imagining monsters that we know are entirely made up… and that somehow makes us so scared that we have to sleep with the lights on? Seriously? Writing …

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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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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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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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Amanda Patterson The Romantic Sub-Plot The most common sub-plot is the love interest. As I said, a love interest does not have to be a romantic interest. It could be a friend, a pet, or a family member that your protagonist loves. Writers use love interests to support protagonists and to thwart them by threatening …

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Despite long-standing aspirations of writing a book, initial successes with short stories and essays, and a healthy career in publishing, Andrea Jarrell published her first book at age 55. But of course, she got through it. Here, she shares her experiences and offers principles for achieving your writing goals. Andrea Jarrell Given that I published …

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Should you write a memoir, or write a novel “based on a true story”? Here, Joan Jackson offers four advantages to fictionlizing the truth. by Joan Jackson My brother had his first psychotic break at the age of twenty. In and out of institutions most of his adult life, the only place he felt at …

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Adapting a true story requires research, honesty, and sometimes, a little bending of the truth. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares tips on writing a screenplay based on a true story and the importance of finding the balance between fact and fiction. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman In theory, adapting a true story should be simple. The writer documents …

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