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Motifs, Themes, Arcs, Whatever… What Really Happens When You Write

If you spent most of your high school and college career taking creative writing or English courses, you heard the same bits of advice year after year. If you don’t struggle writing what you know, the next task is to define your theme. Once you figure out the story theme, you need to map out the chain of events and make …

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Our Final Drag

I burn through friendships like a smoker’s last pack of cigarettes; it’s hard to kill the addiction when the past has the best aftertaste. It now feels unnatural to pack our memories tight and watch them burn and roll off the curb. Your laughter was secondhand and I was naive to assume we were joking together. You granted me the freedom to …