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3 Ways to Make Minor Characters More Colorful…by Roger Colby

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3 Ways to Make Minor Characters More Colorful…by Roger Colby

Today’s guest post is by Roger Colby, a high school English teacher who knows how to present ideas. He’s also an awesome writer. This instructional video was first published on his blog, Writing is Hard Work.

Writing Is Hard Work

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Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Writers…by Roger Colby

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Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Writers…by Roger Colby

Wouldn’t you just love to be mentored by J.R.R. Tolkien? Guest blogger Roger Colby does the next best thing for us in this article:

Writing Is Hard Work

I have long been a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien.  Every year, when school dismisses for summer break, I read The Lord of the Rings.  This year I will read it to my children and do all the voices for them.  Tolkien was a brilliant writer, but what if we could sit down with him and ask him any question we wanted?  What if he could give writers advice about their own writing from his years of experience as an incredible storyteller?

This is possible if we read his letters.  I have a musty old book entitled The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter.  I once spent the better part of a month reading it cover to cover and underlining every instance where the master of Middle Earth wrote about his process.  What follows are the best of those notes:

1.  Vanity Is Useless – Tolkien writes…

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