Writing Isn't About Being Clever; It's About Story

November 09, 2022 00:04:57
Writing Isn't About Being Clever; It's About Story
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Writing Isn't About Being Clever; It's About Story
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Carrie Jones Shaun Farrar

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This week’s podcast focuses on some advice from Roy Peter Clark. I hope you’ll join me for one of our short weekly writing tips!

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Baby Got Backstory Using Backstory in Your Writing

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