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Using Dictation for Writing

Using Dictation for Writing

In an earlier article, I discussed two types of writing: by hand and typing. Well, there is a third type that I will talk about today, and that’s dictation. I know, some of you are probably thinking, “How is dictation writing?” Believe me. I’ve had the exact same question. But the answer is that it absolutely counts as writing. Though words may not be written down, at least not yet, they are still being put out into the universe. Here…

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Writing Criticism Types and Responses

Writing Criticism Types and Responses

No one likes it. I’ve never met someone who genuinely enjoys getting criticism. Sure, a lot of people enjoy the learning to help you get better. But I can guarantee you that those people feel a bit sad when they see those remarks before they get excited about the learning opportunities. Unfortunately, in this age of technology, it has become far too easy to hide behind a screen and say whatever we want. Cyberbullying has become increasingly popular because when…

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Writing By Hand Vs. Typing: Which One is Best?

Writing By Hand Vs. Typing: Which One is Best?

First off, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! Second, should you type or write by hand? Which one is best? I think this is a question most of us have faced at some point. Depending on who you talk to, one or the other is more considered writing than the other. But is this true? No. Both writing by hand and typing are valid forms of writing. The important fact is that you’re putting words down. Which…

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5 Lessons From Camp Nano

5 Lessons From Camp Nano

Heyo, Folks! April has been a crazy month for sure. The world has gone to the dogs a lot, and I think we can all agree on that. And I will say that some very unexpected events happened in April that threw me way off. But we’ll all get through it one way or another. Now, some of you might know that April was Camp Nano. For those of you who don’t know what that is, I shall endeavor to…

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My First Story and Why I Remember It

My First Story and Why I Remember It

So, in an earlier post, I talked some about my first stories. Actually, I mentioned the story that I felt was my first actual true story. And I didn’t give many details. This is where that is going to change. So, sit back and read all about the Tucker Mystery Series! Now, don’t let the word “series” in the title trick you into thinking that it really was a series. I’m afraid to say it wasn’t. The plan was for…

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My Favorite Tropes and Why

My Favorite Tropes and Why

Hey again, Folks! Who here knows what a trope is? Well, in literature, a trope is “something recurring across a genre or type of literature, such as the ‘mad scientist’ of horror movies or ‘once upon a time’ as an introduction to fairy tales.” This is not to be confused with clichés, which are “Something, most often a phrase or expression, that is overused or used outside its original context, so that its original impact and meaning are lost. A…

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What Makes a Good Character

What Makes a Good Character

What is one thing that, no matter how good of a writer you are, your story will not exist without? Characters. There is no way on this blue planet that you can write a story without characters in some form or fashion. It is physically and literally impossible. But, even though characters are such a necessary part of giving life to a story, poorly written characters can kill a story just as quickly. So, how do we go about making…

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Character I Like and Why I Like Them

Character I Like and Why I Like Them

What is it that drives us to read books? It might be the questions of what’s going to happen next. It might be the excellent descriptors of the setting the story is based in. It might even be the emotional ride that the author takes you on. Perhaps it is all of the above combined. But even if it is all of these, there is one common factor throughout all of these. To figure out what happens next, the characters…

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World-building: Traditions and Culture

World-building: Traditions and Culture

We have discussed how geography, languages, and religion affect world-building. In this last installment in this series, we will be discussing how culture and traditions shape world-building. The reason these two are last is that the previous topics influence culture and tradition. Culture is: the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization; the set of values, conventions, or…

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World-building: Religion

World-building: Religion

In this vast, blue world of ours, we have quite a few religions. We are so surrounded by religion and belief systems that it has become just everyday white noise to most of us, despite numerous people continually arguing about it. What very few people notice is exactly how much influence religion has on all our lives. Some religions believe in a single god, which is called monotheism. Christianity and Islam are among these. Now others are polytheistic, believe in…

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