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SIX OF THE BEST… cliched narrative devices

The actual title of the column is a bit longer. It’s about narrative devices that have become so cliche that you really can’t use them in your writing anymore. Which is frustrating.

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SIX OF THE WORST… ways you can ruin an otherwise-good idea for a genre fiction story

It’s NaNoWriMo time, when thousands of people try to bang out a 50,000-word novel in 30 days and then start submitting it to publishers without any editing or peer-critiquing, and then getting butthurt on the internet when their stories don’t … Continue reading

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