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The Importance (And Subjectiveness) of Comparative Titles in Querying

Get it? We’re comparing things. Comps. Apples to oranges… okay whatever, let’s do this. Every now and again I open up my DMs on the ol’ Twitter for questions, or I let folks pick my brain in various hashtag events. And there’s always the in-real-life events, like workshops and conferences. It’s always a good time for the most part, and I like being someone who is accessible in an industry that sometimes feel like it’s […]

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Method Writing: Getting Into Your Characters’ Heads!

Acting and writing are a lot more similar than you’d think. After all, both professions require you to get into your character’s head in order to present them in a realistic way. Hollywood stars are always in the news for their odd and interesting method acting techniques. Some of them gain or lose weight to get into character while others give up life with running water and electricity to get into the spirit of a […]

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Five Tips For Fairy Tale Retellings

What is it about fairy tales? Why do we find these stories so intriguing and how do they keep emerging in different variations and art mediums? As a writer, fairy tales are my bread-and-butter. I cut my teeth on them. They were the first stories I ever read as a child; I owned a hundred Golden Books about Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. At eight years old, when I started to […]

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Some NaNoWriMo Tips From Someone Who Has Never Done NaNoWriMo

To all those about to embark on the adventure known as National Novel Writing Month (Fun fact: For some reason my wife can’t stand the phrase NaNoWriMo, so I always have to refer to it by its full name), here are some tips to help you get through the next 30 days. While I have not yet tried this monthly challenge myself, these are the same tips I give anyone writing their first draft of […]

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NANOWRIMO PREP TIPS: THE OUTLINE IS KEY!

There are two kinds of writers (and people, I’d say) in this world: plotters and pantsers. And for either type, crossing over to the other side is the stuff of nightmares.When it comes to tackling a big fast drafting project for something like NaNoWriMo (there’s less than two weeks to go!), though, even the most diehard pantser could learn a trick or two from us outlining jedi. Lucky for you, as a screenwriter-turned-novelist (and back again!), […]

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