Shannon Baker

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Make a Buttery, Moist, Perfect Pound Cake by Avoiding These Common Mistakes

A good pound cake is hard to find—but you can definitely make one at home. Crack the code with these tips from our test kitchen.<p>If you've ever had a piece of subpar pound cake, you know how depressing it can be. What should be sweet and soft is nothing more than a heavy, dry piece of bread …

Screenwriting Back to Basics, Day 1: Writing Scenes

With every scene, you should ask yourself this question:<p>What is the scene’s Beginning, Middle, and End?<p>Just as we think of a story with three acts or …

10 Tips on Writing Dialogue

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and …

52 Things Ideas for Writers for 2015

A couple years ago my friends and I made a list of 52 goals we wanted to accomplish, the equivalent of a bucket list for a year's worth of achievable things. Most of them were simple goals, but measurable. For instance, you couldn't just write "read more" as a goal. It had to be quantifiable, like …

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Short on writing time? Try the 250, 500 or 1000 Words A Day Challenge - Inkygirl: Guide For Kidlit/YA Writers Artists - via @inkyelbows

Looking for a daily writing challenge with flexibility? Short on writing time for a particular project? Or are you motivated to write but have an …

A Better Approach to “Write Every Day”

Two Cups of Tea by peppermint quartz on DeviantArt, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, http://fav.me/d4ahdt1<p>Happy New Year!<p>Happy … and …

Can YOU Write a Romance Novel? Plot and Character

Romance novels and short stories sell. Can <b>YOU</b> write a romance novel? If you read them, sure you can.<p>Recently a reader asked whether plot or character …

Short story writing tips from writers who know what they’re talking about

At a recent Word Factory salon event in London, panellists including renowned short story writer Clive Sinclair and Times Literary Supplement editor …

Live Write Thrive

August 13, 2018 in Novel Structure with 2 Comments<p>I’m launching my new online video course this month, so we’ve been taking a look at key elements …

Expand Our Senses and Improve Our Descriptions

How many <i>hundreds</i> of times have we all heard the advice to “show not tell”? That’s often good advice (except for the times when it’s not …

What Makes a Character Sympathetic? This Video Essay from Screentakes Explains

One of the most challenging aspects of screenwriting is creating multidimensional characters that your audience can identify with, relate to, and be …

Why You Should Start Your Story with the End

This guest post is by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta. Elisabeth teaches writing for Harvard Extension School, is the founder of Poetry for Strangers, and …

Elements of setting: How to create a vivid world

The elements of setting – time, place, mood, social and cultural context – are what help to make a novel feel real and alive. If your setting is …

Creative Writing

Keeping a Daily Journal Can Give You Tremendous Power

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For over three years, I have reaped unbelievable benefits from keeping and writing in a journal daily. Being able to have a place where I can analyze where I am, see my daily progress and capture quotes/sayings that really move me has …

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Thoughts On Writing a Scene

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b> <i><br>An out-of-town workshop, a weekend-long festival, and a deadline make this a good day to pull from the archives. Enjoy</i> …

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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014

<b>UPDATE: Our 2018 list is now live! Check out The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2018.</b><p>Is becoming a better writer your top priority this year?<p>Maybe …

How to Write Better: 3 Secrets of Transmitting Naked Emotions

<i>There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed</i>. ~ Hemingway.<p>Naked emotions?<p>Like I felt when I finally gave up …

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Seven Tips From William Faulkner on How to Write Fiction

"The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory," said the Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner in his 1958 <i>Paris Review</i> interview. "Teach …

How did I write my book?

Bridget asked me to share my “expertise” on writing my first novel, and at first, I felt bemused because I sure as heck don’t feel like an expert. …

How Dreams, Goals and Habits Make You a Wildly Productive Writer

You can be a wildly productive writer.And if you are already a wildly productive writer, then you can take your game to a whole new level.There are …

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<i>This fun-loving January illustration was sent in by Claire Lordon. Claire earned her BFA in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is</i> …

Plot Outline Creation - 7 Methods

You’ve possibly been told many times to outline your book, but perhaps not <i>how</i> to create a plot outline. These seven ways to write a story outline …

How to Finish What You Start

Do you tend to lose interest in your writing projects partway through? How can you stay inspired long enough to complete your manuscript? Here's what …

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Creative Writing Tips For A Successful Story Making

People like to hear stories. It does not truly matter what narrative you explain so long as it is true and you can connect with it by your …

Learn a New Skill: Become a Writing Pro

Writing is an essential skill we use every day, but it is also one that is oftentimes overlooked and forgotten about. Strong writing abilities can …

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Is That a Real Novel or Did You Just Make It Up Yourself? – Lingua Franca - Blogs

“Is your novel fiction, or did any of it really happen?”<p>I’ve started doing readings of my new novel, <i>A Sister to Honor</i>, and sure enough, the question …

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Writing Character Voice<p>slitheringink:<p><i>It’s not always what you say…</i><p>But also how you say it that defines how a character sounds. Like all things in …

A Trick for Keeping Your Plot (and Story) on Target

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p>Whether you're an outliner, a pantser, or somewhere in between, you want your story to pull readers in and keep them …

How To Create An Entertaining Protagonist: A Story Checklist

What do you have over your writing desk? Mine is littered with pieces of paper on which I've scribbled bits of (what I think is) sage writing advice. …