What is Detail, What is Plot: Deciphering Writer’s Block

Planning a story should produce a strong outline. That outline, made up of interesting and interconnected scenes, ties your ideas together into a cohesive and engaging plot. Faced with a pile of potential scenes to organize into a story,...

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Writing Retreats: Get Away From it All to Write it All

Imagine sitting down to write in a beautiful spot, up in the mountains, away from distractions and demands on your time and energy. You’ve got a comfortable chair, space for your power cords, an endless supply of your favorite...

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Creativity and Mental Illness

Some time ago, a member of one of my online writing groups shared an infographic to the group feed that stated, “Writers are 121% more likely to suffer from mental illness than the general population.” Folks with an even temper...

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A Case for Small Storytellers

Statistically speaking, there are aspiring writers out there who will become very successful with high sales and many awards. The more part of us will land on the ridiculously wide spectrum that runs from "writing only for ourselves" to "publishing...

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Free Writing Course – And really, it’s a good one!

I’ve been waiting for this week for two years. There are few things more wonderful than free instruction, and one of those things is free quality instruction. During the summer of 2015, I took a chance on a couple of writing...

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Learning the Business of Writing

I spent four years at an accredited university earning a degree in creative writing. Not a single class of those eight semesters involved publishing, marketing, or the entertainment industry. I do think that’s a major issue that the school has at...

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Writing Ghost Stories for Young Audiences

I came on this monthly theme by an accident of breaking my book budget in March. And let me just say, March feels like two years ago. But I covered this in a previous post, so you can hop...

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Track Your Work, Grow Your Words

Writing, as a hobby, art, and profession, tends to wear dysfunction like a badge of honor. I don’t think it should. And neither should reading, come to think of it. Writers looking to improve productivity are a favorite target for...

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What Started Everything “Once Upon A Time”? Working with Inciting Incidents

Refining your inciting incident is really a portion of revision, though meticulous planners can always put this in with their preparations. I’ll be showing my love of science here, though in a very simple and albeit vocabulary-centered way. If a...

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Exploring the Biodome Trope… since we really built one.

Alright sci-fi fans… I hate to burst bubbles here. We’re a long way from self-sustaining bases in space, and especially far from them on other planets. Thankfully we have fiction! In our little fun worlds, we can accept that...

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