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You’ve Got Politics in My Story!

For those of us who wish to write fun commercial stories, there may come a time when we ask: should politics be a part of our stories? To some extent, they always are. Your story may be advocating for or … Continue reading

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Self-Exploration as a Writer’s Tool

If you are struggling to come up with ideas, or the right idea, there’s one tool I use to get closer to understanding what I really want. Sometimes it can generate ideas, other times it can refine them, and other … Continue reading

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How to Develop Themes

If you’ve ever taken an English class, you have probably talked a lot about “theme.” Some teachers call it a one-word topic, like “love” or “individuality”; some call it a phrase or message, like “love conquers all” or “crime doesn’t … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Allegory

Every story has theme, whether you intend it or not. Or at least, that’s what you learn to decipher as an English major. Some stories are pretty shallow, and it might seem like they don’t have any message at all; … Continue reading

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