The Mechanics of Fiction Writing
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The Actual Words on the Page
If you want to be a writer, you have to get good at writing—a truism that doesn't get emphasized enough. But how does one get better at writing? In addition to learning the components of good storytelling, the mechanics of writing at the sentence level is an area you can practice and improve upon dramatically with steady effort. Learn how to get started here.
Rhythms and Patterns
One of the often-overlooked elements of prose (as opposed to poetry) is how a writer's sentences sound. Rhythm is a tool good fiction writers can use to make their stories flow musically. Metre is a whole area of study unto itself, and we'll only open a window to it here, but even a small start is a better start than no start. So here we come, Virginia.