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The Only Writing Advice That Matters

The only piece of writing advice that really matters is to keep going. Getting caught up in the idea that every book you write has to be published is the surest way to make sure you don’t keep going. ~

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3 Fiction Writing Terms: Clichés, Point of View, Suspension of Disbelief

I start every post in this series by pointing out my early lack of knowledge of creative writing terms. As a wise writing sage once said, “Knowing is one thing, doing is another.” Or maybe that was Yoda… Study and

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Learn to Write One Brick at a Time

Most writing is not a special gift or talent. Writing is a skill that can be taught. It can be likened to bricklaying; you learn it one brick at a time, and you get better the more bricks you lay.

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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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Timeless Characters, Timeless Advice

In any kind of writing, knowing what to omit is as important as knowing what to include.

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Dip Up the Fire and Put It On Paper

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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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