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Writing Workshop:How to Use Resources to Make Your Characters More Believable

In the previous Writing Workshop, I discussed the importance of observing and recording what you see, hear, feel and experience in order to improve your stories. https://www.archeratwood.com/archeratwoodthewritingworkshop/writing-workshop-better-writer-observe-record/ I would like to expand on that idea by reviewing how you can use written resources to move your story along, improve your character’s personality, and help build the world they exist in. If you are a fiction writer, you have to invent believable characters and the places they walk through. The key word here is believable. That means you have to do your homework. This is especially true for my writer friends …

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Books by Chapter

Books by Chapter “I usually take my time writing, editing, and reworking a story, and probably reworking it to death! That’s my biggest fault… Back in the day I use to write episodic stories on-line, cold, without thinking. For almost a year I would write several paragraphs or chapters a day! It was great fun. I decided to try that again and most recently I had posted “Sleep Medicine” here. I posted a chapter a day till the story ended. Like my previous on-line chapters, I never planned them out. I would leave myself with a cliff hanger and no …

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Writing Workshop: How to be a better Writer : Observe and Record

Observe and Record! I am sure you have all heard the saying, “Write what you know.” Most people interpret that to mean, only write about subject matters you are familiar with. Yes, that does make writing a story easier, but it will not fire your imagination to create something new and different that others will want to hear about. I instead like to think of it as, write about what you have observed and learned today! When I was a kid my Dad would haunt the local library after work. He loved history and would scour the books, magazines, and …

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Information and Stories that will Inspire New Thoughts and Actions.

Two Info Sites in One! When you click on the word “Blog”, you come here where we share many tips about writing, and related articles. When you do the drop down, it will take you to  Maplewood Press. Within those articles I share with you stories and discoveries I have made from numerous inherited artifacts and from my travels. All these subjects have influenced my life and writing in many ways. Enjoy! ……………………………………………….

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Writing Workshop: Write so Everyone Can Read It: Part One

    You wrote a great book for young adults or teens and you want to increase your readership. You want those new Fans to connect to you so they will run out and buy all your books. One way to do that is by having a book signing event that might be combined with you reading out loud part of your book. As you greet each new fan, you will sign their copy of your book and maybe include a personal note. That extra touch you feel will really make the moment special and they will now have a …

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Writing Workshop: Let’s talk about Branding

I am talking about creating a Personal Brand.  (No, not the “Old West” stories kind of branding.) What do I exactly mean about “brand”? The way most people think of the term is in reference to a product produced by a particular company. Or when you see a trademark symbol of a company, you will know right away what kind of products they produce, or what kind of culture they represent. When you think of the company Apple, you may think of innovation and the color white. When you think of Dodge you might think of powerful trucks, or muscle …

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