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ML Swift

M.L. Swift is a writer of Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction. When not working on novels, he spends his time penning short stories under the Florida sun with his faithful dog, Rameses.

Sep
16
2013
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How to Build a Basic Mind Map

Written by ML Swift

Have a great idea for a post, story, blog development, etc., but not much more than that? This article will help you expound on that idea.

Sep
4
2013
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On Commenting

Written by ML Swift

Why do we comment? Should you respond to everyone comment? How else can you support a blog other than comments? This post explains.

Aug
12
2013
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First Impressions

Written by ML Swift

What makes a reader choose the book of an unknown? What appeals to YOU? The writer has ten seconds to persuade the new reader. What WORKS?

Apr
26
2013
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Writing an Op-ed Article

Written by ML Swift

Do you have an opinion that matters? We all do, but getting it out there is another story altogether. This article helps you do just that!

Feb
20
2013
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Five Minutes with Anne Lamott: On Writing and Life

Written by ML Swift

Fifty inspirational, motivational, educational, and at times, quite chuckle-worthy witticisms from the book, Bird by Bird. A fun review...from the Progressive Book Club.

Jan
31
2013
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Pet Peeves: Supposably

Written by ML Swift

Supposably vs. Supposedly: Here's the skinny on which to use and when. Hint: It's never "supposably."

Jan
16
2013
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January PBC Takes Flight With Bird by Bird

Written by ML Swift

Read and discuss a different writing craft book every month with us! The Progressive Book Club. Write your review, then read the other writer's interpretations of the book.

Jan
8
2013
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The Courageous Case of If, Was, and Were

Written by ML Swift

A brief study on the subjunctive mood of the verb, "were," when discussing conditional future - a lesson I learned from the Cowardly Lion.

Dec
19
2012
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Book by Book

Written by ML Swift

Suggestions of four how-to books that are integral to the writer's library: "Bird by Bird," "Save the Cat," "On Writing Well," and "The Emotion Thesaurus."

Dec
11
2012
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Journey To Wisdom

Written by ML Swift

Learning to listen to constructive criticism; what to look for in a critique partner.

Nov
19
2012
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WRITE ON!

Written by ML Swift

An encouraging interview with Anne Rice, detailed and reviewed point-by-point. Stephen King instructs us to "kill our darlings," while Anne Rice simply states, "If you want to be a writer, WRITE."

Oct
29
2012
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Tallahassee NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Dinner

Written by ML Swift

A recap of my night at the NaNoWriMo kick-off dinner in the Big Bend area of Florida. Do writers' groups help or hinder you?

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