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Alternative thesauruses

So, you know how much I love the thesaurus as a writing tool, yes?  Well then you can imagine my excitement at discovering an abundance of alternative thesauruses at Writers Helping Writers. You’ll find links to scads of helpful resources, such as the Weather & Earthly Phenomena Thesaurus, Setting Thesaurus, Symbolism Thesaurus and more. The Character Trait Thesaurus and […]

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From vignettes to book

I’m pulling this post from July’12 back to the top of the blog because it’s such useful and inspiring information, and it was mentioned in today’s Nat’l Assoc of Memoir Writer’s telesummit. If you missed that, you’ll be able to download an audio file soon from http://tinyurl.com/k4fwf84. —————————————– Guest post by Kathleen Pooler As I […]

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10 secret themes in lifewriting

In her book Leaving a Trace, Alexandra Johnson poses the theory that our journals contain ten categories of life patterns, which correspond to ways we engage or withdraw in life:  longing, fear, mastery, intentional silences, key influences, hidden lessons, secret gifts, challenges, unfinished business, untapped potential. This idea sent me back to my many journals […]

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11 editing tips

Early drafts are notorious for repetition, indirection and overdevelopment of the trivial. ~Pamela Erens in The Joy of Trimming Now that you’re done free-writing your first draft, you’re ready for more writing – yes, revising is writing. Does the first sentence grab your reader? Beginning with action or a compelling piece of dialog is a […]

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3 essential books on writing creative nonfiction

… I’m an avowed writing book junkie. I get a thrill from checking out the latest advice at my library.  Given my habit, it’s pretty telling that I own only three writing handbooks: Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark, Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach, and Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & David […]

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