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Procrastinate to Fuel Your Writing, Tip #1: Chocolate Wars

Some insist procrastination is a dirty word. But I say, “One writer’s procrastination is another writer’s research.” Have you ever left your keyboard in search of a snack, and found yourself staring at the inside of the fridge (for the

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A Writer’s Approach: Plotter, Pantser, Hybrid

Here’s a repost of my 2013 article from ThisNewMountain.com. It’s been said, and much debated, that there are two kinds of writers—those who outline and plan before starting a writing project (plotters) and those who dive in and write “by

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NaNoWriMo: How to Make the Time to Write a Novel in 30 Days

2015 will mark the 17th year thousands of writers from around the world begin National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) on November 1st. Few would argue this is a crazy journey—attempting to write a 50K-word draft of a novel in thirty days.

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Speculative Fiction: Culture Lab

Speculative Fiction: Culture Lab by Betsy James Speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, and slipstream) gives voice to those who explore societal and technological change along with deeper considerations of underlying archetypes of human experience. ~ from the

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Story Promises: What Readers Expect from Fiction

Like many readers, my main reason for reading fiction is to be taken out of my world and into someone else’s. Before I became a writer, I didn’t expend a lot of brain power to decide what stories to pick. I

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Bad Writing: Good for Laughs and Learning

Writers have many opportunities to ensure their manuscripts are ready to submit. We can take classes and workshops to acquire skills, both basic and advanced. We can gain feedback in critique groups and from professional editors and proofers. And the

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Handling Writing Rejection

Freelance writer and storyteller Peter D. Mallett recently stated that everyone identifies with three things: failure, hard times, and rejection. The response to his post “Receiving and Rising above Rejection” was greater than any article he’s written for his website Writing

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Where Do I Get the Magic Ring?

Great advice — I can work on the first four points — but where-oh-where can I obtain my very own magic ring? Really.

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Anatomy of a Monster

Here’s a spreadsheet with points to consider when creating a monster character. Do you have suggestions for changes? If you let me know, I’ll update the spreadsheet and keep it on my resources page.

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Trust Your Imagination

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All who wander are not lost. ~ JRR Tolkien

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