Maureen Pratt Picture 1Hello! Maureen Pratt, back again, for my monthly CAN Blog post. I'm very happy to be blogging today about the craft of writing and, specifically, the huge difference "writing positive prose" can make in describing characters, painting pictures, and conveying the heart of a story, be it fiction or non-fiction.

What do I mean by "positive?"

Given two possible ways of writing the same sentence, the more positive can be the strongest one to choose. Consider this description:

"Amy didn't necessarily think she was beautiful, but she couldn't believe that the casting director put her in secondary roles that didn't allow her to take the lead and shine as much as she knew she could."

Now this one:

"Amy knew she was plain, but she was frustrated that the casting director put her in secondary roles that kept her in the background and prevented her from showing everyone what she could do."

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Pic for website 2012Hello, again! Maureen Pratt here with my monthly CAN blog about the art and craft of writing. This month's topic is, "Help! Where's my story?!" or, "What to do when your story goes one way while you go another."

Whether we write fiction or non-fiction, plotting or outlining is often an essential part of the publication process. From the first query to the last book cover blurb, most of us try to envision the beginning, middle and end of a work before we dive in.

 But, as we authors know, as hard as we might work on those early ideations, "things happen" once we get started. New facts come to light. A secondary character takes center stage. A plot thread we knew was right suddenly becomes oh-so-wrong.

How do we handle these and other creations of the creative process? First of all…

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