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Writing Character Emotions Just Got Easier

Surprise, this is the second post in one week for me, but I just wanted to let you know The Emotion Thesaurus (Second Edition) by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi is now available. I received my copy in the mail

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What Beginning Writers Misunderstand about Storytelling

Between this blog and the website for SouthWest Writers, I’ve conducted over a hundred interviews in the last few years. The answers I enjoy most involve the writing process, how authors deal with world building and series writing, and what

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10 Tips to Conquer a Writing Block Mountain

Writers often slam into a story wall. Sometimes they find a way to scale it and continue to run and dodge through the rest of the obstacle course to reach “The End.” But sometimes, instead of a wall standing in

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A Must-have Resource for Writing Character Emotions

For the last month, I’ve been part of a Street Team for Angela and Becca at Writers Helping Writers who will launch a new writing book on February 19th. Because they’re known for showing, not telling, they decided it would be

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Goals: Blogging, Books, and Bonekeeping

After weeks of thinking, planning, and scribbling (along with necessary reality checks), I’ve settled on several writing-related goals for the coming year. Fiction Goals Major goal: Book one in my dark fantasy series, The Last Bonekeeper, is ready for an

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Obstacles

As someone who’s easily distracted, I understand the need to stay focused on what’s important (and to remind myself of that truth). A companion of that need is remembering to remind myself. Like so many others at this time of

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Author Interview: JA Andrews

Author JA Andrews juggles time, family life, and aphantasia to write epic fantasy stories in her Keeper Chronicles world where peace-keeping storytellers fight magic with magic. The series includes A Threat of Shadows, book one (2nd edition, 2018) and Pursuit

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3 Fiction Writing Terms: Data Dump, Filter Word, Head Hopping

I wince at the memory of using each of these writing “no-no’s” in my early fiction (and critique partners still catch me in the act at times). Data dumping is fun for writers bursting to share their research or hard-wrought

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Defend Your Inner Writing Life

A writing life and a writing career are two separate things, and it’s crucial to keep the first. The single essential survival skill for anybody interested in creating art is to learn to defend this inner life from the world.

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2018 Wednesday on the Web #4

Here’s the fourth (and last) of my fifth Wednesday posts for 2018. Alas, my bottomless bag of online treasure continues to fill despite my efforts to pluck and share. ■ For Writers Shakespeare Insult Kit Chris Seidel presents a list

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