The Magic of Miniatures

This is just the briefest of looks at an artistic approach going back millennia, straight back to the oldest surviving works by early man. Miniatures. Defined in umbrella terms, this is art that is made captivatingly small, capturing the essence of...

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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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Unlimited Free Reading – Consider Fanfiction

Fanfiction is the ultimate readers’ buffet. Social media is teaming with fan works that get liked, shared, and lauded in comments for months even years after they’re created, recirculating among lovers of the original franchises and enchanting new fans...

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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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“Can I write about this?” – Yes, on one condition.

People love classifying other people. Our minds are happily oriented around patterns, but when it comes to making sense of others, especially those who are different than us, we get into trouble. Writers who want to tell a story...

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The Name of the Wind and strange couches

Coming back to reading fiction after nonfiction feels a bit like hitting Friday night and picking your favorite poison. Some people throw themselves into it, drown in a glorious oblivion, and suffer their hangover while counting down to Friday...

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Writing Fan Fiction

The writing community has some wide-ranging opinions about fan fiction, and many people who write it themselves have conflicted feelings. “Is this stealing?” some ask. Others grapple with how much time they spend on it wondering, “Is this a...

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Inspiration Station – Tour a Town

By way of inspiration, you really don’t have too far to look. It’s unnerving (at least to me) to think the only real things that have happened are in the past. Guess I live in fiction a lot. It’s weird...

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No Excuses. A year long writing course for free.

This will sound like a commercial. It sort of is, but it’s a recommendation made out of respect, gratitude, and a deep love for the Writing Excuses podcast. For the last three years, this crew of well-esteemed and staggeringly talented...

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The Language of Trees

Last year, an author giving a talk described how difficult it was to describe the communication of a tree in her fantasy short story. She wanted it audible, but not exactly articulate. She’d finally settled on “singing” analogies, using...

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