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  • Writing Tutorials Article Index
    1, 2by Big Brother » Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:59 pm
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  • How to Submit Articles
    by Kale » Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:01 pm
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    Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:01 pm
  • Reading Awful Books Improves Writing
    by Sunshine1113 » Mon May 16, 2016 11:04 am
    5 replies
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    Last post by RandomTalks
    Mon Feb 21, 2022 7:12 pm
  • Verbs Are The New Adjectives
    A How-To Guide for Vivid Verbs
    by Megrim » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:32 pm
    11 replies
    1979 views
    Last post by Tuckster
    Mon May 24, 2021 3:12 am
  • What's So Important About Voice Anyway?
    by mellifera » Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:42 am
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    Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:42 am
  • Starting Your Story: Tips and Tricks
    Because opening lines are difficult.
    by pelsteam » Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:29 pm
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    Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:29 pm
  • Description
    by Rydia » Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:19 pm
    9 replies
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    Last post by piyaliarchives
    Mon Dec 07, 2020 4:10 am
  • Building a Fantastic Story
    by Master_Yoda » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:59 am
    2 replies
    1865 views
    Last post by BluesClues
    Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:53 pm
  • Show and Tell
    Sarah's long-awaited guide on showing instead of telling.
    by CastlesInTheSky » Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:27 am
    11 replies
    3455 views
    Last post by Awru
    Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:42 pm
  • Antagonists and Villains
    by OverEasy » Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:34 am
    4 replies
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    Last post by elysian
    Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:39 pm
  • Strengths and Weaknesses
    by Rydia » Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:41 pm
    3 replies
    1374 views
    Last post by DauntlessDagger
    Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:15 pm
  • Villain Clichés to Avoid
    1, 2by Elinor » Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:11 am
    15 replies
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    Last post by DauntlessDagger
    Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:04 pm
  • How "Big" Is My Idea?
    by Megrim » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:33 pm
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    Last post by Megrim
    Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:33 pm
  • Idea Development - From "Ehh" to "Ooh"
    by Megrim » Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:40 pm
    2 replies
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    Last post by Mea
    Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:15 pm
  • Political intrigue tips
    by Rosendorn » Mon May 10, 2010 11:56 pm
    2 replies
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    Last post by fortis
    Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:37 pm
  • Third Person Writing
    Diary Style
    by thunder_dude7 » Tue Jun 16, 2009 2:42 am
    9 replies
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    Last post by seeminglymeaningless
    Wed Apr 06, 2016 4:02 pm
  • Deus Ex Machina
    What should you know about the "god from the machine"?
    by Vervain » Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:21 pm
    1 replies
    981 views
    Last post by Wolfi
    Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:14 pm
  • An Inordinately Long Article On Writing Sexual Orientation
    by eldEr » Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:59 am
    1 replies
    1121 views
    Last post by Auxiira
    Sun Jun 21, 2015 11:42 am
  • Listening to Music While Editing
    ...in short? Don't. Here's why.
    by Snoink » Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:18 am
    5 replies
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    Last post by Pretzelstick
    Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:52 am
  • PTSD and Characters
    by Rosendorn » Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:33 am
    6 replies
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    Last post by Rosendorn
    Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:42 am
  • Writing Non-Fiction. (Tutorial/Guidance)
    by BenFranks » Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:11 pm
    1 replies
    897 views
    Last post by GoharSulaiman
    Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:57 pm
  • Linguistics and Dialogue, Intro
    The overview
    by RacheDrache » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:23 am
    4 replies
    2257 views
    Last post by Poseidon
    Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:19 am
  • To Share or Not To Share
    Putting your heart on the page and letting the critics feast
    by Tenyo » Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:15 am
    0 replies
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    Last post by Tenyo
    Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:15 am
  • To prologue or not to prologue
    A guide to writing prologues and how to use them
    by Apricity » Sat May 10, 2014 12:34 pm
    9 replies
    3586 views
    Last post by PeanutPhoebe
    Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:29 pm
  • Creating the Perfect Secondary Character
    How to make them just as unforgettable.
    by OliveDreams » Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:29 pm
    5 replies
    1731 views
    Last post by r4p17
    Thu Sep 18, 2014 6:53 pm
  • 5 Tips For Before You Write
    Tips for getting into the proper mindset for writing.
    by Nate » Fri Aug 10, 2007 6:34 am
    8 replies
    3775 views
    Last post by KeturahLevien
    Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:56 am
  • Linguistics and Dialogue, Application
    About form, function, and what to do with what you learn
    by RacheDrache » Sat Dec 03, 2011 5:17 pm
    2 replies
    1451 views
    Last post by Holysocks
    Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:41 am
  • Pretty words don't make the story
    It's everything else
    by LoveableLittleSock » Tue Dec 02, 2008 4:18 am
    5 replies
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    Last post by ConfusedGlasses
    Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:58 pm
  • Writing a Character From a People Group Not Your Own
    writing those people for those who are not
    by eldEr » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:01 am
    5 replies
    1458 views
    Last post by Laure
    Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:30 pm
  • A Guide to Creating Fantasy Animals
    Get busy with fur, scales and wings!
    by OliveDreams » Sat May 31, 2014 6:43 pm
    0 replies
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    Last post by OliveDreams
    Sat May 31, 2014 6:43 pm
  • On Writing a Dystopia
    by queerelves » Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:40 pm
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    Last post by queerelves
    Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:40 pm
  • Writing Rounded Characters
    because people are complicated creatures
    by eldEr » Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:32 am
    0 replies
    902 views
    Last post by eldEr
    Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:32 am
  • 5 Tips for Finishing a Novel
    by Sins » Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:04 pm
    10 replies
    2265 views
    Last post by Holysocks
    Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:20 pm
  • Good and Bad
    by Tenyo » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:24 am
    2 replies
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    Last post by Tenyo
    Thu Jan 23, 2014 4:49 pm
  • Plot Your Way
    by Rydia » Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:47 pm
    0 replies
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    Last post by Rydia
    Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:47 pm
  • Sentence Structure
    by Rydia » Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:38 pm
    0 replies
    875 views
    Last post by Rydia
    Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:38 pm
  • Do You Smell That? #2
    by Tenyo » Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:11 pm
    0 replies
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    Last post by Tenyo
    Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:11 pm
  • Getting Beginnings Right
    by Merlin34 » Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:49 pm
    11 replies
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    Last post by GlitterGabbi
    Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:29 pm
  • Do you smell that?
    #1: Nouns
    by Tenyo » Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:33 pm
    0 replies
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    Last post by Tenyo
    Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:33 pm
  • Advanced Character Development
    ...and making a plot from a character!
    by thunder_dude7 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:22 pm
    11 replies
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    Last post by cm57105
    Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:01 am
  • The Guide to Non-Fiction
    by BenFranks » Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:28 am
    0 replies
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    Last post by BenFranks
    Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:28 am
  • Before You Begin <the stuff you didn't want to know>
    by Master_Yoda » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:10 pm
    4 replies
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    Last post by Master_Yoda
    Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:17 am
  • What NOT to do in detective fiction.
    by Paracosm » Sat May 26, 2012 2:40 pm
    0 replies
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    Last post by Paracosm
    Sat May 26, 2012 2:40 pm
  • English as a non-native speaker/writer
    For all those ESL/EFL moments
    by Lava » Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:34 am
    5 replies
    1501 views
    Last post by Heather
    Sat May 12, 2012 1:14 am
  • Quick Course: Descriptive Writing
    by AlfredSymon » Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:06 pm
    8 replies
    4725 views
    Last post by AlfredSymon
    Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:50 pm
  • Guide to Geography and Ecology in Fantasy (Updated)
    by Merlin34 » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:18 pm
    8 replies
    1950 views
    Last post by EloquentDragon
    Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:50 am
  • Writing Horses Well
    by Merlin34 » Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:50 pm
    12 replies
    1558 views
    Last post by EloquentDragon
    Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:33 am
  • Editing Your Work
    Yes, it'll suck at first, but then the magic...
    by Snoink » Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:05 am
    9 replies
    2674 views
    Last post by tgirly
    Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:42 am
  • How to Write Chapters
    by Snoink » Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:03 am
    6 replies
    4336 views
    Last post by ArahAkachi1
    Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:24 pm
  • 5 Tips for Realistic Characters
    Saint's Favourite Character Development Tips
    1, 2by Teague » Tue Jan 01, 2008 4:13 am
    28 replies
    6717 views
    Last post by Napier
    Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:22 am

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