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Viewpoint and Point of View

Viewpoint and Point of View (POV) may be the most confusing techniques to understand when writing fiction. Viewpoint is the identity and emotional focus of the person who relates the events of a story, i.e., the narrator. It is an important part of the relationship between writer and reader. It is about whose eyes we use to witness the action of the story. Point of view, on the other hand, is the manner in which the narrator relates the story, i.e., (first person, second person, third person, omniscient) and tense (present, past, future).

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Creative Writing Techniques - Dialogue

Dialogue is one of the strongest tools a writer has in his toolbox. Properly done, it serves a multitude of purposes. It moves the situation forward into the story and then carries the story forward. It develops character, it establishes setting, it builds tension, it establishes suspense and it carries theme.

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The Four Elements of Fiction: Character

In order to produce an engaging story that will keep the reader turning the page, the four elements of fiction must relate to one another. They are not stand-alone elements.

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Other Characters: Major and Minor

For the past two weeks, we've talked about the Protagonist and the Antagonist. But in order for a story to have depth, there have to be other characters who play off the Protagonist and the Antagonist. Today we're going to talk about them and the role they play in our story.

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Character Development

Over the next few weeks, we will talk about the different types of characters--major, minor, where they come from, how they are developed. Today we will focus on the Protagonist; the importance of his/her role and what they contribute to the story.

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The Four Elements of Fiction

We recently discussed how Character relates to the other four elements of fiction: Setting, Situation, and Theme. Today we will talk about how these other three relate to one another.

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The Elements of Fiction

this week we start discussing the four basic elements of fiction. This introduction is taken from my book: "The Four Elements of Fiction: Character, Setting, Situation, and Theme."

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Editing As a Craft: Part I - Beta Readers

As writers, we are too close to our own work to successfully edit it. A second or third or however many sets of eyes will find the errors that we will always miss. But finding those extra eyes can be a challenge.

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Memories and Memoir

WRITING THE MEMOIR So, tonight I have the pleasure of presenting a workshop on writing memoirs...a class I am truly looking forward to, and an excellent topic for discussion.

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All About Words

I share my thoughts about *words* as they come to me from my life as an editor, book indexer, book reviewer, and reader.

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