What Charlotte Brontë Taught Me About Writing

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Benison O’Reilly. I like to mix up my fiction reading—commercial versus literary, classics versus contemporary. A year or so ago, I decided to tackle Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. Mrs. Gaskell, as she was simply known, was a contemporary of Charles Dickens and the novel has been described […]

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How to Enrich a Story with ‘Strategic Humour’

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Dr John Yeoman. Why do we laugh? Could it be a defence mechanism? We hear the punchline of a joke. It shocks us. Danger! We expose our canine teeth. Then we realise the joke’s harmless and we relax. Our tension is released as laughter. Of course, jokes relax […]

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When Fear Is a Good Thing for Your Writing

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Christi Craig. The summer I turned fifteen, my father came into possession of a used Vespa: shiny, red, and in excellent shape. It sat in the garage for weeks at first, and I imagined myself taking it out, sitting on the leather seat a few times with the kickstand […]

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Personality Theory and Your Writing

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Susan Bearman. When I was a young parent, I belonged to a support group for mothers of multiples. Each month, we held meetings that often included speakers on various topics relating to parenting twins or higher-order multiples. I learned a lot from these sessions, and one in particular […]

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How to Create a Three-Phase Writing Ritual

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Debra Eve. Literature abounds with the quirky things writers do to entice the muse. Victor Hugo wrote in the nude so he wouldn’t leave the house. Philip Pullman writes only in ballpoint pen on lined A4 paper with two holes in it. Maya Angelou checks into a hotel […]

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Can a Foreign Language Enhance your Writing?

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Sarah Baughman. If you’ve read Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, you’ll know—regardless of what you think of the narrator’s morals—it’s full of rich language: literary allusions, elevated diction, alliteration, detailed and unusual imagery, and wry humor. Nabokov handles his rather sordid subject with a linguistic sophistication any writer would admire, […]

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