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Can Your Theme Be Proved In Your Story?

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Can Your Theme Be Proved In Your Story?

by: Nick Vernon

Creative Writing Tips –
Your theme has to be something you can prove in your story – It doesn’t have to be a universal truth. This means that your theme doesn’t have to be something that happens in real life all the time (providing our logic can accept it, in order for us to believe it).
Whatever story you choose to write, be it a contemporary or a story which requires elements of fantasy such as in horror, science fiction etc… the events of that story have to appear logical.
What is not logical and consequently not believable is…

A character that has no knowledge of computers and overnight becomes a computer whiz
A car that goes over a cliff, bursts into flames and the character manages to escape unscratched
Etc

These...

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The Value of Adding Images to Technical Documentat

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The Value of Adding Images to Technical Documentation

by: V. Berba Velasco Jr.

It’s cliché, but true—a picture does paint a thousand words. This is an important message to remember when writing any sort of user documentation, such as an installation guide or an instruction manual. A document that makes judicious use of images and diagrams will be much easier to understand than one that is composed entirely of text descriptions.
I observed this first-hand years ago, when a junior programmer at one company was asked to update the software installation manual for their machine controllers. One of the first things he did was to strip away all the screen capture images, reducing the entire document to plain text. “These images are just silly!” he said...

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Catholics Need To Take a Second Look at Morality

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Catholics Need To Take a Second Look at Morality

by: Peter Mennona, Jr.

According to CNN, Catholics voted for President Bush over Senator John Kerry by a 51 to 48 percent margin. Hence, Catholics voted for a Born Again Methodist over a Catholic candidate. Many Catholic Bishops have declared abortion a “non-negotiable issue.” In the diocese of Brooklyn, which encompasses Brooklyn and Queens, there is not a single memorial to those who have been put to death by our government. Nonetheless, I know of at least one parish in Brooklyn that has a three-thousand dollar memorial dedicated to the aborted. Meanwhile, 36 million people in the United States live in poverty...

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Promoting Your Online Writing Portfolio

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Promoting Your Online Writing Portfolio

by: The StoryMaster

Dear Writing Reader,
One of the most popular questions from Authors on my site, Writing.Com, is: “How do I promote my Online Writing Portfolio outside of Writing.Com?”
Here are my top five tips for increasing the amount of exposure to anyone’s online Writing Portfolio:
Tip #1: Add your Online Writing Portfolio URL to your email signatures.
The simplest way to promote your Portfolio’s URL is to add it to the email signature of any and all email accounts you have. With just a few minutes of your time, you’ll turn any correspondence you have into referral generating machines! Here’s a couple quick examples:
Check out my portfolio!

http://www.Writing.Com/authors/storymaster

or
I’m an Author @ Writing.Com!

http://www.Writing...

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Making Better Word Choices – 4 Examples

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Making Better Word Choices – 4 Examples

by: David J. Clapham

Writers face many decisions when working on a project. Choosing the correct word for a certain situation is one choice that writers often either struggle with or make an incorrect choice. This article will give some basic guidance to writers on four of the more common word choices that authors face.
Choosing the wrong words can have a poor effect on your writing and on you. Whether you are writing a cover letter for a job, a business proposal, or an application essay for graduate school using words poorly can result in negative feedback. One could find entire books regarding word choices for writers, this article will touch on some fundamental, but important ways to choose the correct word for your situation.
Our starting point w...

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