The Only Thing Your Writing Needs

By: Jilian Whitehead When I have a story that I’m (moderately) happy with, I usually have my friends and family read it before I give it to any fellow writers. I do this because I’m testing to see if the story passes a certain bar: enjoyability. If a non-writer likes the story, then I circulate […]

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Three In-Depth Writing Exercises

By: Jilian Whitehead Analysis You’ve probably done something like this before in class, such as taking a passage from literature or poetry and analyzing the author’s word usage and the broader themes. Essentially, it means a lot of mark-up. Why did the author choose to use that word there? How does that line connect with […]

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Fiction as a Mirror of Reality

By: Jilian Whitehead How many times have you watched a movie, and there’s some big building or tree falling down toward the character, and you’re shouting, “Move!” in your head, but the character remains frozen? Or how about when you get exasperated when some girl can’t make up her mind between two guys? It’s easy […]

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