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Category Archives: Creative Writing Craft and Techniques

Writers: Plays To Read To Improve Your Story’s Dialogue | Writer’s Relief

Dialogue is one of the most important elements of your short story or novel. Believable dialogue will make your characters  three-dimensional, relatable, and real. At Writer’s Relief, we know readers want to  identify with your characters or to recognize the realistic people you’re creating—whether they love them or hate them! For a playwright, effective dialogue… Continue Reading

Dos And Don’ts Of Taking Feedback On Your Creative Writing | Writer’s Relief

Every writer knows the importance of getting feedback on your work—but it’s also a complicated matter. On the one hand, if a critique partner misunderstands or misconstrues, the resulting critique can be devastating. On the other hand, if a reader adores what you’ve written, it can be easy to lapse into complacency. Even a spot-on… Continue Reading

15 Exercises To Strengthen Your Writing | Writer’s Relief

There are lots of motivated folks whose New Year’s resolutions include exercising regularly and getting into tiptop shape. And Writer’s Relief knows that, for writers, there are many benefits to exercises that strengthen our craft (rather than our muscles). You don’t even have to break a sweat—but feel free to grab a water bottle or… Continue Reading

Should You Use Uncommon Or Unusual Words In Your Writing? | Writer’s Relief

A writer’s natural love of words can lead to wonderful reading and interesting writing. But sometimes, a logophile’s good intentions to introduce the world to unique vocabulary can backfire. Is it time to put away your dictionary and revert to a middle-school word list? Writer’s Relief explains why you might want to avoid uncommon words… Continue Reading

7 Questions To Ask Yourself During Creative Writing Revisions | Writer’s Relief

Self-editing is a tricky skill: Not only does it require technical know-how, it also demands that writers understand their own emotional obstacles. Writer’s Relief has written countless articles about craft and technique for revisions: Today, we’re looking at the way a writer’s state of mind can affect the revision process. 7 Questions To Ask Yourself… Continue Reading



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