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Journaling

I always think I need some clever topic if I’m going to blog, but I’m spending so much energy on writing novel-length things right now that I don’t have much cleverness left for blogging. So I was thinking, instead of … Continue reading

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The Dynamic Nature of Writing

Before I became a writer, I always thought of stories as static. By the time they get to the reader they are what they are. No matter how many times you read them or how much time passes, published books … Continue reading

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Writing vs. Storytelling

Guys, I’ve never taken a formal class on creative writing, so sometimes I make obvious observations. For most of my life, I’ve looked at writing a novel as a single skill/talent. But that’s not true. It’s several. Today I’m going … Continue reading

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Seven Lines

Poor blog. I neglect you. Anyway, I’m sure this is supposed to be posted on Facebook, but Rae Chang tagged me and I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone. The rules: Go to page 7 of your current … Continue reading

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16 Random Protips for Querying Writers

Okay, guys. I’ve been watching the PitchWars feed off and on because I’m jealous of all you and your party, and I know a lot of you have already submitted, but a lot haven’t yet. So I wanted to share … Continue reading

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Negative Space in the Creative Process

I realized recently that much of what I create comes about because of what isn’t there. And since I posted about Harry Potter and chiaroscuro, I thought I’d just continue with this whole writing is like visual art thing. So, negative space. Observe, … Continue reading

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Stuck

At the beginning of a new story, I often find that I’m stuck. Or that my scenes meander and feel fluffy and pointless. Or I have two or three scenes in which, more or less, the same thing is going on. … Continue reading

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