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Decoration Day Honored U.S. Civil War Veterans; Later Became Memorial Day

Originally posted on Polishing Your Prose:
On May 5, 1868, Major General John A. Logan, the head of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans, declared Decoration Day as a time for the nation to honor…

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 10. Final Words

Tenth element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) FINAL WORDS Time and Distance Do you give yourself time away from your work—do you give yourself distance—before rereading, revising, and … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 9. Kill Your Darlings

Ninth element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) KILL YOUR DARLINGS “Kill your darlings” does not mean you have to kill off your favorite characters (although it may). This … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 7. Plot

Seventh element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) PLOT This, too, may seem self-evident, but I assure you, for some authors it is not: A plot should be logical, … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 6. Characters

Sixth element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) CHARACTERS Create three-dimensional characters; avoid stereotypes and cartoon characters. I know this may seem self-evident, but all too often I see … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 5. Point of View

Fifth element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) POINT OF VIEW Point of View (POV) confounds many writers, but it is critical to a story, so you as writers … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 4. Narrative Mode

Fourth element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) NARRATIVE MODE Narrative Modes: first person, second person, third person. Most fiction is written in third-person (he, she, they, them), but … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision — 2. Content

Second element in this series: Kill Your Darlings: The Art of Revision(Please read the Introduction, if you haven’t already.) CONTENT All content and characters should have a story reason for being included in the book. If it doesn’t have a … Continue reading

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Diagnosis: McPhIDS

Dear Friends, Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I learned this morning that I have been diagnosed with a recently identified, trauma-related ailment spawned by the technology sector. This ailment is known as McPhIDS, the acronym for My … Continue reading

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Hinton’s 1967 coming-of-age novel credited teenagers with a rich interior life

The Enduring Spell of ‘The Outsiders’: S. E. Hinton’s 1967 coming-of-age novel credited teenagers with a rich interior life. Here, a tribute by Lena Dunham to the book that created young adult fiction as we know it today. Writing of … Continue reading

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