June 25th, 2021

Using Weather in Fiction

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Ellen Buikema | Writing Craft

By Ellen Buikema

Weather in fiction is a powerful factor. When weather is included in a scene it adds depth and realism, pulling the reader further into the story. Every description whether in scene, tagline, or dialogue, including weather, must move the story forward.… Read the post

May 28th, 2021

Dear Readers - Share Your First Lines

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Writer's Life

Fabulous first lines tend to stick with all of us. We ponder them, agonize over them, rewrite them, and rewrite them again. And more than once, we've actually purchased a book based on breathtaking first line or paragraph.

Plus, a good first line is quotable.… Read the post

April 7th, 2021

The Roles of Secondary Characters

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Ellen Buikema | Writing Craft

By Ellen Buikema

Secondary characters add depth and interest to the world your main character inhabits, helping to make the tale more memorable. They play a significant role in your story, but aren’t necessarily integral to the plot. These characters may be protagonists or antagonists of their own subplots.… Read the post


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