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Category Archives: Writing Life

Guest Post: Three tips to increase productivity when writing from home

by Michelle Krys — Here’s a story that might sound familiar. A few years ago, after I got a book deal, I dropped down from full-time work at my day job, to working just a few shifts every two weeks. I was ecstatic about all the writing I’d surely get done. But when I started […]

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How Do I Look?

by JJ __ The other day, as I was catching up on my TBR pile, I found myself being repeatedly thrown out of book. It wasn’t for lack of pace, uninteresting premise, or dull characterization; it was for the constant physical description of the main character. Description is a tricky thing to handle in books, […]

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Book Recommendation: Jeff VanderMeer’s WONDERBOOK

from Susan Dennard — I’m a HUGE fan of books on writing. Like, I probably have an addiction and I know my husband would be REALLY happy if I’d throw out some of these gazillion craft books hogging up the basement… Recently and sort of on a whim, I picked up Jeff VanderMeer’s Wonderbook: The Illustrated […]

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What’s the One Thing Your Character Can’t Live Without?

by Janice Hardy There are a myriad of ways to create characters. Problem is, there are so many of them that we can spend all of our time creating characters and never actually write the novel those characters exist in. I tend to be a minimalist when creating characters, because I like to learn who […]

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Sherlock’s Approach to Research

 by E.C. Myers — Early this year, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts launched its interview series, In Conversation, with Benedict Cumberbatch. (Good choice!) Something he said about how he researches a new role struck a chord with me: “[Research is] a security blanket. Not all of it — very little of it ends […]

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