All posts by theryanlanz

Author of The Idea Factory. I also blog about writing tips, methods, and best practices.

Is Your Idea Original Enough?

 

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Everyone always says to be original in your writing, but are we oversimplifying things? Can anyone be original anymore, and what are the pitfalls in striving for originality?

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Skill vs. Talent – Which do you have?

 

by Ryan Lanz

  • tal·ent [tal-uhnt] noun: a special natural ability or aptitude.
  • skill [skil] noun: the ability, coming from one’s knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well.

What if you don’t have natural talent? Does that mean you may as well give up?

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How Alison Bliss Became Published: An Interview

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Today we’re going to interview Alison Bliss, a recently published author. The intent is to highlight a successful publication path to aspiring authors, who might be looking to take a similar route. Armed with creativity and dedication, authors are finding success in today’s changing market.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Dialogue Tags

 

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by Ryan Lanz

Writers use dialogue tags constantly. In fact, we use them so often that readers all but gloss over them. They should be invisible. However, there are ways to misuse them and make them stand out.

In an effort to avoid that, let’s take a closer look at dialogue tags. Toward the end of “Tag travesties” is something I sorely wish someone had told me before I started writing.

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