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About Gail Radley

Gail Radley is the author of 24 books for young people and numerous articles for adults, including, most recently, “Ponder Your Words” from the June 2017 issue of The Writer. Recently, she stepped away from teaching English full-time at Stetson University in order to devote more time to freelance writing and editing. She lives in DeLand, Florida.
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Cut the Fat: Make your writing lean and clean – Top tips for trimming flabby prose.

By |2020-09-28T22:06:58+00:00September 28th, 2020|Categories: Creative Writing Articles|

No, this article is not a check on the progress of your New Year’s resolution. It’s a reminder that our writing, too, can get a little…paunchy. English lends itself to wordiness. And as word lovers, we are often tempted to trot out our favorite vocabulary and loath to let any of it go. But when it [...]

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How Do You Know When You’ve Written a Great Song? 4 Steps to Help You Decide

By |2020-08-11T23:15:05+00:00August 11th, 2020|Categories: Songwriting Articles|

Not every song you write will be chart-topping material. That’s the business. Get used to the fact that every song you write won’t contain the emotional values needed to qualify it as a great song. A good song can be well done, well written, and musically well constructed, but that does not always mean that it’s great. [...]

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12 key steps for getting unstuck as a writer

By |2020-08-11T23:10:57+00:00August 11th, 2020|Categories: Creative Writing Articles|

Trapped in the middle of your manuscript? Here’s how to move forward. Image courtesy of Dmitry Natashin/Shutterstock. You started your manuscript with such enthusiasm. You wrote 20 pages in ONE NIGHT. Your brain was popping with ideas. Scenes flowed. You were sure you’d be done with the whole thing in a month. And then, one quiet [...]

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How to write a captivating short story

By |2019-04-17T20:11:29+00:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: Creative Writing Articles|

Follow these steps to hone your skills and write short stories like Raymond Carver. Whether a successful published novelist or a creative writing student, all writers should try their hand at short stories at least a few times in their lives. Writing a successful short story – which I’ll define as executing a captivating, engaging [...]

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