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Vocation Stations

Vocation Stations

Kathleen has a post for us this week on something I’d never heard of: vocation stations. The name is unfamiliar, but but having one makes for an incredibly useful writing tool. In her book Refuse to Choose, Barbara Sher suggests […]

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Method Acting: Theatre Wisdom for Writers

Method Acting: Theatre Wisdom for Writers

I’ve never learned method acting. Oh, I’ve heard the term bandied about often enough, but no one ever explained what that really meant. Despite that, I’d like to think I’ve picked up a few things over the years. Over the weekend, […]

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Bigger is Better: Theatre Wisdom for Writers

Bigger is Better: Theatre Wisdom for Writers

We’ve all heard the old adage, “Bigger is better.” Fun fact: it’s as true in theatre as it is in writing. So as an actor, you hear a lot of advice and direction to start big. Because after all, reining […]

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Intention Counts: Pulling Your Story Together

Intention Counts: Pulling Your Story Together

In many things, intention does not count. Unexamined bias? Harmful stereotypes? The best of intentions can not fix these things. But you intend something when you write a story. Maybe you intend some deep, profound statement. Maybe it’s a general sense […]

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Story Structure Connections

We mention story structure every once in a while, but we don’t delve that deeply into the topic. I think most writers interpret the mechanics differently, yet somehow we end up at the same place. Some writers want nothing to […]

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Beginnings: Way More Complicated Than They Should Be

Beginnings: Way More Complicated Than They Should Be

I’m currently flailing around trying to find the beginning of this short story. Beginnings are not a strength of mine, so they rarely start in the right place. Because I’m not big on planning, I sometimes start stories with little […]

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