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Messy Gardens Might End Up Messing Your Life

Contributed Post You really shouldn’t ignore any issue about your home. It’s only going to come back and bite you in the rear at the end. However, one problem that gets ignored more than most is a messy garden. If you have a messy garden, you might get tired just thinking about it. But an overgrown garden brings with it a lot of problems that are hard to ignore. Here are some of the reasons you should worry about the mess out back and reasons you should get the old lawnmower and clippers out. Pic Source Obviously, you won’t enjoy your garden When you have a mess on your hands that you’re not dealing with, you’re more inclined to avoid it. But that’s a great…
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The Trick to Writing Great Conversations

The trick to writing great conversations is dear god how the hell am I supposed to know? Who COULD know? Seriously, do you understand how hard it is to pen dialogue that sounds real and natural but that also gets across the information you need to get across? ‘Cause that’s the thing, really. In a book or a short story or comic or whatever, dialogue isn’t merely people talking. It has to get across information. That information may be characterization or character history or plot details or exposition or mood or a million other things, but the point is that dialogue should be there for a reason. Yet at the same time, it should feel perfectly natural. Perfectly real. Perfectly alive. Otherwise readers will cry…
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25 Things You Should Know About Plot

Chuck Wendig brings us an excellent blog post called 25 Things You Should Know About Plot. It’s about … well, I bet you’ve already figured that part out. Here’s an excerpt: Let Characters Do They Heavy Lifting Characters will tell you your plot. Even better: let them run and they’ll goddamn give it to you on a platter. Certainly plot can happen from an external locus of control — but you’re not charting the extinction of the dinosaurs or the lifecycle of the slow loris. Plot is like Soylent Green: it’s made of people. Characters say things, do things, and that creates plot. It really can be that simple. Authentic plot comes from internal emotions, not external mechanics. The whole post is full of great…
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