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Proof Before You Leap: The Ultimate Language Checklist for New Authors

So you’ve finished your novel. Or memoir. Or other piece of creative writing.

Now what?

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Using Brand Names as Description in Creative Writing

My creative writing professor told us never to use brand names in our creative works. The practice cheapened our art and morphed it into some kind of advertising. I’m not sure if I agree with him any longer, and I have my suspicions that he only gave us this advice┬ábecause we were doing it wrong, and it would just be easier if we avoided it altogether.

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Outlining vs. Free Writing in Fiction

What Do You Mean By “Free Writing”?

Freewriting is the technique I’d describe with the phrase, “going with the flow.” As a writer, you wind yourself up, let yourself go, and see where the adventure takes you. You’re hardly more omniscient than your characters, and what results that do come about are a surprise. I’ve also heard this referred to as “vomit writing” from colorful wordsmiths because the goal is to focus on creative output without thought to quality or direction. Any cognitive decision-making or editing happens later.

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Show, Don’t Tell, in Fiction Writing

This is perhaps the first and most important rule of creative writing. Though ‘author’ may be short for ‘authority,’ readers don’t open a book to be told how the story goes; they thirst to escape reality, fall into a dream, go down the rabbit hole. In order for your fiction to accomplish that goal, some convincing is in order.

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