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Guidelines for writing Poems, Stories and Tales

How to Win Short-Fiction Writing Competitions

10 Storytelling Essentials That Wow Judges and Win Writing Contests Get inspired by the theme. … Focus on a bite-sized story. … Structure your story with clarity in mind. … Hook your readers (and the judges!) with a brilliant first line. … Get straight to the action. … Give your character a goal. How do […]

Playwriting: What is the difference between parentheticals and stage directions?

Parenthetical remarks are used to describe the attitude, tone, or action for the actor who is speaking. Stage direction describe whatever’s going on on the stage in general. What are Parentheticals in Theatre? Parentheticals are words written under a character’s name in dialogue. They are often referred to as “wrylys” because they are adjectives used […]

A location for a big event

How do you choose a location for an event? 8 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Event Venue 1) Location. … 2) Space/Seating Availability. … 3) Indoor/Outdoor Space. … 4) Cost and logistics. … 5) Goodwill. … 6) Staffing and Security. … 7) Basic amenities and technical arrangements. … 8) The tech-friendly venue. What is […]

How do I make it so my story happens in an ambiguous time frame?

What makes a story ambiguous? Likewise, an ambiguous story is one where the reader is unsure about what’s really happening, even as the story is being told, such as a story told by an untrustworthy or unstable narrator being ambiguous because we don’t know for certain if events happened the way that they’ve claimed, or […]

What keeps most authors writing after receiving multiple rejections?

How do you keep writing after rejection? There are almost countless publishers out there and you can always explore the world of self-publishing. Listen to the Criticism. … Remind Yourself Why You Love Writing. … Empower Yourself Through Self-Publishing. … Stop Writing. … Connect With Other Writers. … See the Benefit of the Rejection. … […]

Title within a title: How to format properly using Chicago style

Here are some tips for formatting a title page in Chicago style: The title should be centered a third of the way down the page. Your name and class information should follow several lines later. For subtitles, end the title line with a colon and place the subtitle on the line below the title. How […]

Writing effectively under very brief constraints

What is a constraint in writing? Constrained writing is a literary technique in which the writer is bound by some condition that forbids certain things or imposes a pattern. Constraints are very common in poetry, which often requires the writer to use a particular verse form. What are the benefits of constrained writing? A constrained […]

How to improve my English writing?

Top tips to improve English writing skills Start with a mind-map. … Use an outline. … Learn how to type. … Revise, revise and revise some more. … Have a native-speaker proofread your work. … Use spelling and grammar checks. … Build your productive vocabulary. … Spend more time reading in English. How can I […]

Copyright Registration of translated original work

A translation will have its own copyright even if it was made without the permission of the original author. Although the translator will still be held accountable for copyright law infringement. Copyright of a translated text is often called dependent as its existence depends on already existing original work. Is translation of an original work […]

Should I Copyright My Novels Myself or Have My Publisher Do It?

Is it better to have a publisher or self publish? But…it’s only complicated for about 2% of authors. For 97% of authors, the answer is very clear: self-publishing is the right choice.Self-Publishing. Advantages Disadvantages Fast to market (6 months) If you hire excellent professionals to help you, it’s expensive. Does the publisher own the copyright […]