How to Be a Writer

by Laura Michelle Thomas   There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. – Ernest Hemingway Until I stumbled upon this quote by one of my favourite authors, I never thought of writing a book or a poem or an article as a painful process, so painful...
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Show Don’t Tell

by Laura Michelle Thomas   Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. – Anton Chekhov Experienced storytellers show. Amateurs tell. What’s the difference? Let’s say you have a character named Bill and you want the reader to know that Bill is angry. You have two choices...
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Ten Places to Find Story Ideas

by Laura Michelle Thomas   Stories come from two places: you and the world, inside yourself and outside yourself. So, finding a story idea is easier than you think, if you pay attention. That’s what creative people do, they pay attention. Artists observe the word, think about the world, feel it with their five senses...
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