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Three Ways Downton Abbey Can Improve Your Writing

For anyone who loves good drama, few television series deliver it as well as Downton Abbey, which ended its third season this year.

Any writer who watched the series will tell you there’s more than three ways it can improve your writing. But who wants to read a blog post that long? Let’s distill them into three indispensable elements of good story with a few subpoints:

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The Number One Problem in Writing (And Two Wicked Cousins)

Polonius: … What do you read, my lord?
Hamlet: Words, words, words.
                               Hamlet, Act II, Scene II

At some point, all writers wrestle with this problem. Those who want to improve their craft attack it with passion. They show no mercy, take no prisoners.

Here it is, the number one problem in writing:

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