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Revealing Yourself: Divulging Personal Information in Your Writing

Today’s post is by Bailey Belmont.

Deciding how much personal information to share in your writing is something that every writer needs to address.

While it is sometimes disconcerting to expose too much of yourself in your writing, whether it is fiction or nonfiction, there are benefits and disadvantages to sharing your personal experiences and information with those whom will read what you have written.

The benefits to using personal information and experiences are plentiful. Not only do you have the benefit of speaking, or writing, from experience, but you also are able to write more authoritatively because you are simply relaying events that have already occurred, relying on your personal reactions and emotions rather than trying to invent or predict how someone might react hypothetically.

This is invaluable, regardless of the context in which you are writing, because speaking from experience makes your writing more powerful and believable. Continue Reading…

16 Tips to Help You Thrive as a Writer

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re looking at excerpts from past posts on Live Write Thrive. From 16 Tips on How to Survive and Thrive as a Writer, by Brian Feinblum:

Today, people believe they can social network their way to the top, that they are one witty tweet or one viral video away from making millions. They want to be on a reality show, they want to blog their way to fame, they want to create the next Facebook—but they fail to put in the hard work that is needed.

Those involved in book publishing seek to cash in their lottery ticket. Everyone who writes a book has the hope—even the expectation—that they will have a best-seller on their hands. Who is there to give them a tissue box when their Book Scan numbers don’t register beyond a blip of sales?

But, reality aside, here’s the pep talk all writers will need at some point in their careers. Put aside the need for hard work, luck, connections, great writing, hiring professional help, etc. Continue Reading…

Juries: How They Work, How They’re Chosen, and What Lawyers Handle Them Best

Today’s guest post is by Karen A. Wyle:

Want to write legal thrillers? Or put a courtroom scene in your novel? Movies portray juries listening to evidence and lawyers’ arguments, but there is much to understanding the roles and responsibilities of a juror.

In true lawyer fashion, I’ll begin with a caveat: my experience comes from practicing law in the United States, almost entirely in California and Indiana. While I have my educated guesses about what doctrines exist beyond those borders, you should treat them as guesses rather than gospel.

Understanding the Function of Juries

There’s one very important open secret about how juries function: they can do pretty much whatever they believe to be right and just, even if their verdict conflicts with the applicable law. Rather than some kind of quirk or flaw in the system, this power is a large part of why we have juries at all. Continue Reading…

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