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Acting out: Two exercises help fiction writers get in character

Actors use all kinds of exercises to help develop their characters for various roles. For example, actors create what they call a “morgue,” a large collection of photos of interesting-looking people, which they can refer to in establishing a character. Fiction writers can borrow these techniques from their actor counterparts. I’ve done so for years, …

By Roy Sorrels | Published: May 7, 2012

5 ways into a story

An experienced writer of short fiction offers a broad range of entry points that can get you started.

By Quinn Dalton | Published: April 25, 2012

Regain the wonder

A surprising key to unblocking and unlocking inspiration was revealed to one writer in the pages of children’s books

By Dawn Goldsmith | Published: April 11, 2012

Instant writing motivation

Drawn largely from recent research in neurology and psychology, here are 20 techniques to get you going

By Luc Reid | Published: March 23, 2012