Category: The Smarter Artist

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Why is Exposition Bad?

The classic ‘show, don’t tell’ does cover it, but how do you avoid exposition in a situation that may be unfamiliar to your reader? Trust and action.

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How Do I Make My Characters Sound Different?

So you’ve mastered natural dialogue, but somehow your characters still sound the same. How can you make them sound different from one another?

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What is an Emotional Core?

Relationships provide an emotional core for your story, the thing that will keep readers thinking about it long after the last page is turned.

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Observe Your Surroundings Then Write

Learning to observe people and places as fodder for your stories is both fun and practical. Try this out, you never know what may come of it!

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Create Your Own TV Show and Describe it.

This one’s a really fun exercise! What if your story was a TV show? Follow Sean on this cool and inspiring way to understand your story better.

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What is a Mystery Box?

What’s in the mystery box we have here? Well, keep reading to find out, of course! We promise it’ll be a good surprise, trust us…

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Why Shawshank Redemption is Amazing

Characterization and patience are hallmarks of The Shawshank Redemption. Both the book and the movie are worth studying for keys to writing success.