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Using Music to Enhance Your Writing

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What do you listen to when you write? A café’s busy chatter, nature’s quiet voices, or silence? Or, maybe you’re like me and put on some music. From a “white noise” backdrop for concentration to a method for setting and character development, music has an uncanny ability to enhance the writing process as well as the final product.


This method doesn’t appeal to all writers, but the growing number of examples out there prove that “music immersion” does help under the right circumstances

October 30, 2014 | Sara Letourneau

Craft Advice

How to Offer Constructive Feedback that Writers Will Love

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By Sara Letourneau

Giving and receiving constructive feedback have become essential steps in the writing process. Authors can hold their stories so close to their hearts that they often miss glaring inconsistencies or mistakes in plot, characters, and other elements. Having another set of eyes can help make your stories the best they can possibly be. Thus, it’s a good idea to consider both sides of the practice: allowing others to read your work (eeek!), and volunteering to review theirs as well. 

June 23, 2014 | Sara Letourneau

Craft Advice Revision

Hello, My Name Is...: Using Journal-Writing for Character Development

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Hello, My Name Is…: Using Journal-Writing for Character Development

By Sara Letourneau



Main characters can’t be names floating on a page or perfectly rounded people who never evolve. They have to be flawed, challenged, motivated. They have to change and enforce change as a result of the story. That’s one of the reasons why character development is a crucial aspect of fiction writing

February 17, 2014 | Sara Letourneau

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