Writing and Editing

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Are eBooks Creating New Opportunities for Short Story Writers?

At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, short stories were arguably the most popular form of fiction in America. Since then the short story has taken quite a hit, but digital publishing is poised to bring the literary form back into the public view.

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When Characters are Real

If you are the absolute master of all your characters, you can be sure they are not real. If, however, they surprise you now and then, you might just have the real thing.

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Beginning and Ending Your Story

Elinor Glyn, in the early half of the 20th century, considered the "world’s greatest writer of love stories." Over the course of her writing career she published 31 novels and had 9 movies made from her work. She was criticized rather frequently by the literary press, as are many popular writers today. In 1922, The Author’s Press put out a four volume course written by Glyn on how to write novels, stories and screen plays. This is an excerpt from the second volume.

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Forceful Writing

Force is that quality of style which is required to produce an effect on the mind. Just as clearness is the appeal words make to the understanding, force is the appeal which they make to the feeling.