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Of Cinder & Bone, by Kyoko M. (2:00)

Today we see that character descriptions are supposed to be easy to read. Helpful. Not mineralogical treatises.

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Dungeons & Diamonds, by Zeppy Cheng (6:14)

Today we see that building a good story and rendering good prose are two distinct skills.

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Above Ground, by A.M. Harte (5:50)

Today we see that when the same problem recurs so often that instances start singing to you in mocking tones, it’s time to close the book.

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Thief’s Blade, by C. Greenwood (7:06)

Today we see that sometimes the problem is not with the prose: it’s with the heading used to label it.

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The first-page idiot test

Click image to view. Jefferson dives into the psychology of reading page one, and why understanding that is so crucial to your writing career. Plus he introduces a fun new…