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Monday Motivation: 3 Myths about Daydreaming

I've always been a daydreamer.  More often than not, as a child, it got me into trouble.  But the more I've thought about my wool-gathering habit as an adult, the more I realize that my greatest strengths rely on this sometimes misunderstood state of mind.  Here are some ways I think we've got daydreaming wrong.Myth… Continue reading Monday Motivation: 3 Myths about Daydreaming

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Monday Motivation: Only One You

As I glance out the window at the falling snow I'm reminded of the saying that no two snowflakes are alike.  Perhaps that saying has become cliche, but sometimes I'm reminded of its power. Have you ever laid facedown in the snow and really looked at snowflakes?  My 6 year old daughter Gwen has been… Continue reading Monday Motivation: Only One You

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Writer Wednesday: Building Blocks of Plot

It's been a long time since grade school story writing, and since nanowrimo is coming up soon, I think it's time to brush up on plot. First of all, where does a story come from?  Where do you get that seed from that starts a book?  What are the building blocks that go into making… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Building Blocks of Plot

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Writer Wednesday: 10 Reasons to Nanowrimo

It's almost time to start Nanowrimo again.  What is it, you ask?  National Novel Writing Month.  During November, over 300,000 people undertake to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Here's why I think anyone who's ever thought about writing a novel should do this. 1. It's a great reminder to write daily. 2.… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: 10 Reasons to Nanowrimo

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Writer Wednesday: When Perfectionism Strikes

This is my monster: Perfectionism.  It keeps me from trying, it keeps me stuck in the planning phase, and whispers in my ear as I stare at the blank screen of a new document.  I'm afraid to write anything in case it is subpar. But that's silly, isn't it?  When you put it in words,… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: When Perfectionism Strikes

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Writer Wednesday: 3 Ways to Build Suspense

Ever read a book that kept you hanging on till the last page, unable to put it down?  Ever read one that didn't? What made the difference?  Why did you lose interest in that one book?  Why did you forget about everything else while you read the other? Suspense.  Even if it isn't a "suspense"… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: 3 Ways to Build Suspense

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Writer Wednesday: How to get consistent

Most writers tend naturally to write in spurts - frantically typing away when the muse strikes, and going through slumps when they can't seem to get anything out of the keyboard. But the best writers seem to say that consistency is key.  Writing every day, no matter what the quality, is the key to improving… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: How to get consistent

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Writer Wednesday: Sketching a character

Where do great characters come from?  How do we take a lack-luster character and make it something special? When I come up with a new character for a story, 9 times out of 10 I draw them.  Usually my drawing will tell a fragment of a story, and the whole book goes from there.  But… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Sketching a character

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Writer Wednesday: The Dreaded Writer’s Block

We all get it sometimes, whether we admit it to ourselves or not.  Writer's Block.  Duh duh duuuuuuuh! (if you've seen The Croods, you'll get this) I still haven't figured out a foolproof way to get over this - sometimes I take a break, sometimes I try taking the story a different direction, sometimes I… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: The Dreaded Writer’s Block