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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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Harry Potter and the Variety of Villains: Adding Depth to Story through Antagonists

I think every novelist can learn something from The Most Successful Book Series of All Time. Oh, yeah! It’s a blog about Harry Potter. So I should say this now: SPOILER ALERT! IF (FOR HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT REASON) YOU HAVE NOT … Continue reading

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Thought

I think it must be necessary for writers to bounce between overconfidence and self-loathing in regards to our work. If we didn’t have the confidence, we’d never put ourselves out there. If we didn’t have the loathing, we’d never improve.

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Bad Guys

Lately it seems I’ve read a lot of work (both published and unpublished) where people are taking bad guys too far. And when I say ‘bad guys’, I don’t only mean the antagonist. I mean all of them: antagonists, thugs, … Continue reading

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Four Quick and Dirty Rules for Cleaner Prose

Here are some of the ways I’ve cleaned up my prose in the past year. 1) Trash all unnecessary dialogue tags. When we first start out, a lot of our dialogue passages look like this: “What are you doing?” she … Continue reading

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Shoveling Sand

First drafts, guys. There’s nothing harder than taking a blank white page and forcing a story onto it cold. When I first started writing, I thought creating something novel-length was such a task in and of itself that I would … Continue reading

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