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Writing exercises

Do you use writing prompts when you get a big case of writer’s block or to spark your writing?  Here’s one from 2005, when the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group first started and lacked a speaker for their meeting. The dead make good neighbors; I mean, they don’t trot over at all hours and beat…

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Birth Order Part 2, or Why Your Characters Behave the Way They Do

Birth Order Part 2 Last week, we looked at the peculiarities of the first born and middle child. In Birth Order Part 2, we’ll examine the last born, only child and twins. The way they behave can help you in crafting your story’s characters. Last Born Children Last born children fight hard to get noticed….

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Birth order, part 1, or why your characters behave the way they do

Birth Order Or Why Your Characters Behave The Way They Do Does your hero run a large corporation?  Is he a mover and shaker in the business world?  Or is he in a creative field such as advertising or entertainment?  Does he negotiate well?  Speak first and regret it afterward?  Maybe he’s the life of…

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