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S46E3 – Writing for Short Story Contests

Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter. – Neil Gaiman

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S45 Bonus – Being an Author Editors Want to Work With

The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer. – Zadie Smith

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S45E4 – The Job of a Proofreader

It’s hard to take someone seriously when they leave a note saying ‘your ugly.’ My ugly what? The idiot didn’t even know the difference between your and you’re. – Cara Lynn Shultz

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S44E1 – Plot: Before Act 1

Once I came to really understand the mechanics of three-act structure, my life got a great deal easier. It doesn’t tell you how to write your book, but it helps you understand why things aren’t working, or what kind of beat needs to come next. – Marcus Sakey

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S43E9 – Characters: Inanimate Objects

The Ring passed to Isildur, who had this one chance to destroy evil forever, but the hearts of men are easily corrupted. And the ring of power has a will of its own. It betrayed Isildur, to his death. And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge. Until, when chance came, the ring ensnared a new bearer. – Galadriel, The Lord of the Rings

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S41E7 – Writing Emotions: Guilty and Apologetic

“You still blush too easily when confronted,” Jasnah noted.
“I’m sorry.”
“And apologize too easily as well.”
“I’m… uh, indignant?”
– The Stormlight Archive

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S41E2 – Writing Emotions: Courage

Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do. – C.S. Lewis; The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

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S39E7 – Understanding Psychic Distance for Your Writing

The remedy is to abandon the larger for the smaller… to do the small thing closely and deeply rather than the big thing loosely and superficially. – Colson Whitehead

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S38E1 – Understanding Writing Community Lingo

Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession. – Kingman Brewster

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S38 Bonus – Who Are You?

Caterpillar: Who are you?
Alice: I hardly know, sir. Just at present – at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.
– Alice in Wonderland

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