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What Authors Wish They’d Known, Part 1

Over the past few years I’ve conducted over a hundred interviews divided between KLWagoner.com and SouthWestWriters.com. I enjoy learning how authors deal with writers block and what kinds of scenes give them the most grief—and I can’t help compare my

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The Best Ghost Stories Are…

The very best ghost stories are as much about internal darkness as external ghoulies. ~ Jonathan Stroud

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Writing Is: A Never-Ending Battle

That’s what writing is to me: a never-ending battle of brain-melting masochism. It’s a skill you never truly master, which is endlessly appealing…writing offers a bottomless pit of improvement. ~ Zachry Wheeler

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The Beauty of Your Work

The thing is, if you work to minimize criticism, you have surrendered the beauty and greatness of what you’ve set out to build. ~ Seth Godin  

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Mistakes and Masterpieces

In the end, make mistakes. The RIGHT mistakes. Mistakes can eventually become magic even though they make a hell of a mess. Remember that perfectionism is the elixir of the doomed. When has any artist ever created a masterpiece and

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Don’t Spoon-Feed Your Readers

Trigger the theater of your readers’ minds, and each can vividly imagine the story in their own unique way. Evoke, don’t spoon-feed. Get out of the way of your reader’s imagination. ~ Jerry Jenkins

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Love Your Writing Journey

There will always be another hill to climb, another goal to reach, a new star to strive for. So learn to love each and every day of your writing journey, no matter how hard it gets. Because success won’t bring

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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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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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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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All who wander are not lost.~ JRR Tolkien

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