Basics of writingEditing

Contractions in your writing

From Rick: BASIC CONTRACTIONS: We’re told in some writing courses not to use contractions. Indeed, they really do not belong in formal writing, but when it comes to fiction, contractions are a natural part of the English language. We often

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How NOT to be taken seriously as a writer

by Rick Taubold and Kellee Kranendonk From Rick: For this week’s blog, I decided to build on another great article Kellee wrote for Silver Blade magazine. What I’m going to do is use Kellee’s article as a base, selectively choosing

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Believability in fiction

From Rick: We often hear the term “suspension of disbelief” applied to fiction, but what does that really mean? By its definition, fiction is not fact, and some writers think that gives them complete freedom to write whatever they want,

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