All posts by Steve Mathisen

I am a retired man who is a husband, father and grandfather. I love Jesus and try to follow Him. I fail at that regularly. He keeps picking me up, dusting me off and encouraging me to follow Him. I am going to keep doing that until I die. In the meantime, I edit for others and try to write. :)

Min Jin Lee: Finding Story Ideas That Truly Provoke Your Passions

Finding something to write about that inflames your desire to write is like striking gold. It’s rare and precious. Seek it out and mine it.

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https://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/writers-perspective/off-the-page-author-interview-series/pachinko-author-min-jin-lee-talks-finding-story-ideas-that-truly-provoke-your-passions

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Know Subtext? Got Subtext on the Page?

Saying all the things that need to be said but not spoken through subtext is an important skill for all writers to master. Margie Lawson takes us on a guided tour of how to do that right.

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https://writersinthestormblog.com/2018/11/know-subtext-got-subtext-on-the-page/

Keep it Simple: Keys to Realistic Dialogue (Part I)

Cris Freese shares with us (via Writer’s Digest) some rules for keeping dialogue simple and realistic. It may not meet all the rules of grammar, but it does accurately reflect the things that people actually say.

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https://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/keep-it-simple-keys-to-realistic-dialogue-part-i

Begin from the Middle: How to Start Your Story In Medias Res

By starting a story in the midst of action, writers can hook readers with a literary technique as old as the Greek epics—in medias res. Paul Buchanan explains how.

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https://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/writing-fiction-online-editor/begin-from-the-middle-how-to-start-your-story-in-medias-res