L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

An August 1989 Writer’s Digest articles encourages writers to say no to their characters—in other words, create compelling conflicts in their stories. Writers Digest Staff Writer’s Digest, August 1989 Say no to your fiction characters—put obstacles in their paths—or else editors and readers alike will say no to your stories. Hard-working Ted had a crush …

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by Amanda Patterson Many writers struggle with plotting. In this post, What Is A Plot?, we define a plot and tell you how to use it in a story. What Is A Plot? A plot is a series of events that make up a story. Plots have beginnings, middles, and endings. The first quarter of your …

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Don’t feed the trolls. Quartz Olivia Goldhill Wildly inaccurate facts and spurious arguments are unavoidable features of social media. Yet no matter how infuriatingly wrong someone is, or just how much counter-evidence you have at your disposal, starting arguments on the internet rarely gets anyone to change their mind. Nearly a century-and-a-half ago, British philosopher …

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Karen Hertzberg Learning a variety of writing skills isn’t as difficult as you may think. We’ve put together a list of steps to help you make dramatic improvements to the quality of your writing in short order. Becoming a better writer takes practice, and you’re already practicing. No, seriously—you write a lot. Even if you …

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Nicole Hill You’re reading this article because you love books. I’m writing it for the same reason. But how much do you know about the books themselves? Why are they shaped the way they are? Why are there so many different book formats? How can you fit all of these different sizes of books on …

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The only way to save journalism is to make readers direct participants in making, and paying for, the media. Foreign Policy Jimmy Wales and Orit Kopel Photo by Uli Schmidt / Getty Images. When pollsters ask Americans whether they trust the news they read, listen to, and watch, the answer is increasingly negative. This sentiment …

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Maria Popova “Setting words on paper is the tactic of a secret bully,” and other selections from Why I Write AP Images The question of what propels creators, especially great creators, is the subject of eternal fascination and cultural curiosity. In “Why I Write,” originally published in the New York Times Book Review on December …

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A writer who’s afraid to tell people what they don’t want to hear has chosen the wrong trade. George Packer Staff writer for The Atlantic Editor’s Note: The Hitchens Prize is awarded annually by the Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation to an author or a journalist whose work, in the spirit of the late Christopher …

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A technology exec uses AI to help him write a book on AI By Chris Duffey Greetings from the future of innovation! Throughout my career as a creative technologist, I have always been fascinated when human creativity and ingenuity meet and are amplified by technology. To that end, AI is one of the greatest human …

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By: Orna Ross What is Self-Publishing 3.0? Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) founder Orna Ross explains the shift from the earliest iterations of self-publishing to today’s landscape with Self-Publishing 3.0. We are in the midst of a revolutionary shift in publishing—an era in which independent authors can work with greater agency than ever before. It …

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