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The MacGuffin: World’s Greatest Story Shortcut

How MacGuffins Help Your Writing Writing is hard work. If you search the web for writing tips, a large portion of the advice is just ways to trick yourself into writing. Since writing is so tough, writers have come up with shortcuts to make creating a story quicker and more efficient, such as writing prompt lists and all manner of …

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Staying Excited: Seven Ways to Keep up Your Passion for Writing

When you’re working on a longer story or a novel, one of the hardest things you’ll face is just keeping up your passion for writing. Writing can be hard work, sure, but it’s important to make sure you’re having fun. Remember: if you’re bored, so are your readers. So what do you do? How do you keep your passion for …

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