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Leo Walsh
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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. - MLK
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. - MLK

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This is a cool site that takes apart several contemporary YA best-sellers — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Twighlight and The Hunger Games — and creates a master story outline for writers to follow. Even though I don;t write YA, I just looked the site over. Some really insightful posts.

This should be a book, but its free. Nice.
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This is a phenomenal method of learning how professionals put stories together. Since its video-based, your time commitment will be less than you'd need to dissect a book. I finished the exercise last night watching with Rogue One on NetFlix streaming.

It was eye-opening, making me aware of how much our minds "fill-in" when watching or reading stories, even in a high-immersion video environment like the Star Wars movies
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A nice corrective article addressing over-wrought descriptions of characters and how to describe them effectively and simply. The key is to give enough details about a character's appearance to make them real in the reader's mind but to avoid overwhelming them.

This is a common issue with many works-in-progress I read in writers groups.
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Looking for a new way, besides a book, to hone your writer's craft? Why not try this course? It's free and it's college level. ANd whit it's not near as good as Stephen King's On Writing, the material I've viewed thus far seems excellent, albeit basic.

Regardless, worth watching. And oodles better than wasting hours playing XBox or watching TV.
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A while back, I checked out Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson from the library. It was very good, and covered material I read decades ago in a classic writer's how-to by Dwight V. Swain called Techniques of the Selling Writer written during the 1940's.

Swain is a champion of an excellent, easy-to-employ (and, better for we writers, easier for readers) system of structuring scenes. His core insight is that fiction is best written using Motivation-Reaction-Units, or MRU's.

Ingermanson does a knock-down job of updating Swain in Writing Fiction for Dummies. Here's the SparkNotes version.
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Sorry folks. Haven't been active on G+ for a while. And this list of articles has gained a few followers while I was away. So I plan to share the best articles about writing I find here regularly. I promise.

Then again, I had the best intentions when I started it too... :-)

That said, I'm working on getting a novella ready for galley proofs (using CreateSpace) that I'm going to run past my in-person writers' MeetUp. Which means focusing on things I'm clueless on. Like typography.

One of the biggest challenges writers face is that many fonts require that you pay a licensing fee if you're going to embed them in the PDF that On-Demand publishers use to print your book. Even for people like me, who will be giving the books away for free. Luckily, there are several high-quality, attractive fonts you can use for FREE, even commercially. Here's the article I used to select my fonts.
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This is the first section (about 2200 words) of a short story set in the Rustbelt. There is some rough language, and racial slurs since the plot revolves around a union steward defending a minority worker, drawing the ire of racist white workers.


Specific feedback Requested.
1) Does Frank's slang get in the way of your understanding the story.
2) I spend a lot of time and effort trying to paint Frank's interior thoughts. Is it too much?
3) Does the dialog flow?
4) Does it come off as pedantic?

And, of course, any other feedback is appreciated.

The entire short story will clock in at about 10,000 words. It's literary, but with strong genre influences. Notably Stephen King, crime fiction writer Don Winslow, and literary fantasy writer David Mithell.

Thanks in advance,
Leo

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ffj1WlE30JHy1eeuE6xL68f7V0eFi-PBGm4Kvj37pdo/edit?usp=sharing

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This is the first poem I've tossed up here for critique. Since I rely on typography for formatting, I cannot just paste into this box. So here's the link to the Google Doc. It's a tad political, a tad personal, and a tad metaphysical.
I suppose... in a way
I suppose... in a way
docs.google.com

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This would be super funny if Donald wasn't the real, honest-to-God president. To quote the person on track to be the worst president ever, "Sad!!!"

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This is yet another poll that lays false the GOP's claim that we are a center-right nation. Which shows how inept the DNC has been. We can win. We have the mandate. Let's hit hard and win this second Civil War without bloodshed.

Left/ Center-Left: Average +18.5
(Sanders + 29, Warren 8)

Right/ Center-Right: Average -5.0
Pence +4, Trump -9, Ryan-10

http://theweek.com/speedreads/686252/bernie-sanders-planned-parenthood-are-most-popular-things-america-fox-news-finds
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