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    4 ways to break through writer's block

    Good writing may be magical, but it's not magic. It's a series of actions and decisions that can be observed, learned and repeated. If you find yourself stuck, try these tips.

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    6 tips for writing photo captions

    Even if a picture is worth a thousand words, it still needs a caption to draw readers, provide context and tell the story. Here are some tips for writing effective captions.

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    How to fly drones for journalism in the U.S.

    FROM THE ARCHIVES | Over the past few months, I’ve learned a lot about drone laws and the FAA. I’m now an FAA-licensed remote pilot, with authorization to fly in most of the restricted airspace.

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    How to turn your notebook into a camera

    Good writers use their notebooks as they would a camera. They change their distance from their characters and change the angles they use to describe a scene. They shift their focus back and forth to capture both landscape and character. They write cinematically.

    Here are some standard camera angles to help you create a variety of effects:

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    6 non-traditional ways to tell stories

    FROM THE ARCHIVES | Standalone alternative story forms do just what their name implies: They stand alone as independent stories, with no traditional story to accompany them.

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    4 strategies for writing story endings

    A writer can face many problems in ending a story. Time may run out, or space on the page, so that the ending really says: “I stopped writing here.” The story may lack focus or a problem may not be clearly defined so that an ending strategy appears forced or contrived. Some endings are stale and conventional, the equivalent of riding off into the sunset. Or the ending may be hiding somewhere in the last four or five paragraphs of the working draft.

    The skillful writer builds a repertoire of ending strategies, equal to the one she has for beginnings. Here are some suggestions.

 
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