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I’m wondering what your thoughts are about the role of facts in an essay, both historically and currently, and how much truth matters in an essay. more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

How can academic writers apply your advice to keep prose simple and direct? more

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Do you have any advice on writing sex scenes? more

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The writing in Geist is known to be of a high calibre even though it contains an awful lot of run-on sentences. Is that because it’s okay to bend the rules in literary writing? more

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What is the difference between flash fiction and postcard stories? more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

I keep getting contradictory advice on how much detail to include in my stories. One teacher says “Less is more,” and another says, “God is in the details.” more

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Recently the editors of a magazine gave me feedback on a piece of fiction I had submitted. They said my characters were “too distant from each other,” but the distance was intentional. Is there a way to make distance work in under 1,000 words? more

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I recently started writing my first book, a memoir, but I am unsure how to write something so long. Do you have any advice on how to make writing a long project more manageable? more

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My agent says I need a strong antagonist in my novel. I disagree. more

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Three people who read a draft of my novel said they had some trouble keeping track of the characters. more

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How do I differentiate between multiple points of view, past events and internal monologue without confusing the reader? more

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One person said I should write a lot more about the dad character. Another person said that the dad character is superfluous and I should delete him. more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

ADVICE FOR THE LIT-LORN
WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

Which is right: “Science is yet to find out why” (as it is worded in a reputable political/business magazine), or “Science has yet to find out why” (as I think it should be worded)?

—Marnie Ann, Vancouver BC

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