Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. -- Mark Twain
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What They're Not Telling You About Your First Draft

Most writing advice on first drafts goes something like this: start writing and don't look back, get all your ideas out, don't worry about spelling, punctuation, even plot consistency. Just get the first draft done so you can then go back and revise it. Don't expect your first draft to be any good... Continue...

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Story Force: Understanding Story Structure

Understanding story structure has eluded me most of my writing life. Or perhaps I should say I have been on a life-long quest to understand the fundamentals of what makes for a good story and why. I now understand the most fundamental quality of story and I call it story force. If you write stories, then you need to know this. Continue...

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