Tag: write tips

A More Perfect Union

Dear Blogglicious! Did you survive? Have your appetites been sated for another year, or at least another couple of weeks? Mine is just warming up personally. In fact, I think I’ll just go ahead and have a pre-New Year’s resolution to run my age every week until New Year’s Day. […]

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Book Review: Million Dollar Outlines

Million Dollar Outlines by David Farland My rating: 5 of 5 stars Whether you’re a casual writer looking for ways to improve your craft, or a more serious writer wanting to strengthen skills you already have, this book is a must. I’ve been wanting to take a novel writing class […]

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Speculative Fiction and the Curse of Internal Consistency

WARNING: Prepare for a long, rambly post on writing that doesn’t really have a point but to wring out recent writing experiences from my saturated brainmeats. Building worlds is a job that once fell firmly in the laps of beings like Brahma, Mbombo, Ranginui and Papatuanuku, or even planetary deities, […]

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Outlining In Situ

One of the interesting twists that comes with identifying as a writer is the conflict that is sometimes created when that self-identification clashes with other “facts” one knows about oneself. For instance, I am sickeningly organized. The first words I write in the morning are often the day’s to-do list […]

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What I Know Is…: Reflections on Being a Writer

April 2014 will mark my second year as a published independent author. A huge milestone, really, especially when I didn’t celebrate my first year because I was frantically prepping my third novel for release at the time and barely noticed the anniversary. And a doubly-huge milestone when one considers that […]

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Book Review: Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass

Being a writer is probably 80 percent instinct and 20 percent skill. Most writers have amazing, subversive, expansive imaginations, yet we also seem to have an innate, unharnessable quality that allows us to translate those swirling worlds that exist within our brainmeats to comprehensible, accessible, and (if we’re doing it […]

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Self-Editing: F**K Verbs

I could tell you all about how to write your stories to make them more dynamic, more active, and have more verve. But I really couldn’t do any better than to share this self-editing tip from David Plotz, the editor at “Slate.” When I got my first journalism job at […]

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Self-editing: Viewpoint Characters

Example 1: Clarice saw that Lecter had very yellow teeth. They looked sharp and strong, as if he’d chewed through his share of leathery carcasses. She heard them click while he spoke. The sound made her feel nervous and ready to leave the dungeon Virginia called a prison. Example 2: […]

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A One-Shot Kill – In Half a Million Rounds

Readers, please welcome guest poster and mystery author Susan Spann to the halls of blogdom today. Many of you know Susan as a multi-featured guest here, and the reason is obvious. She’s just so darn awesome. Join me in congratulating her on the recent release of her debut novel, Claws of […]

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The Intersection of Obsessions: Finding Time to Write During Life

As writers and (basically) people, we all have weaknesses and distractions. Those things that we love almost as much as creating—and destroying—worlds, that sometimes cannot be ignored, no matter how many times we motivate ourselves through ample application of self-shaming if we fail to accomplish 3,000 words before going to […]

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