Circular Versus Linear Plots

by Laura Michelle Thomas   What does plot mean to you as a writer? Here’s what plot means to me: You meet a character. The character encounters a problem. The character tries to solve the problem but it keeps getting harder to do so (if it doesn’t, you don’t have a story). The problem is...
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Sample Short Story with Feedback #1

  This 1000-word short story was generously donated by a brave young writer from Ontario who is willing to receive feedback from me at the cost of sharing that feedback with you. My comments are in orange text. I will not be correcting grammar and spelling, just looking at the overall structure of the story and pointing...
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The Benefits of Reading for Writers

by Rhiannon Reintjens, jaBlog! Junior Editor for Non-fiction   Here’s a tip for all the writers out there: To be a good writer, you need to be a reader. Loving to read and doing it constantly are important qualities for a writer to have. Being an avid reader is beneficial in many ways for a...
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