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Listen Up! My Secret Solution To Stealing Creative Time…

How do you make the most of every minute you have? Soon I’ll be blogging about how to squeeze every moment you can out of your writing day, but today I’m going to share one of my top secret tips. When it comes to making the most of the time you have, nothing beats audio. You can listen to the new must-read story while you go for a run, soak up a lecture on craft […]

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Thoughts on Villains

Out of all the characters that exist in a story, antagonists are the most difficult for me to get right. Too often, I find myself in danger of falling into the trap of writing an antagonist that is too obviously bad, usually to the point where the character just falls flat and becomes a 2D character. I did this a LOT during my early writing days, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that was a […]

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So You Finished Your First Draft — Now What?

So you finished your first draft. Now what? Everyone revises differently, but if you’re like me, you’ve got a whole list of things you know you need to fix, but you have that advice ringing in your head: let the draft sit for a couple of weeks before you tackle a revision. You can do that. You probably deserve a break. Chance are, you’ve been slaving over your keyboard for at least a couple of […]

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Creative Writing Classes — Beneficial or a Waste of Time?

When I was in high school, I was adamant that I would never take a creative writing class. The pointers we received in English classes always seemed pointless and inapplicable to my own writing—creative writing wasn’t something that could be easily passed on from student to teacher. The best writing teacher, I thought, would be reading as many books as possible. I still, to a large extent, think this. At the same time, I’m happily […]

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Backwards World-Building

I’m still making the slow and sometimes rather painful transition from a full-on pantser to an outliner. At heart, I  like to let stories come together on their own over time, unfolding as they will, but now that I have deadlines to meet, having an outline—even one I know I might deviate from—saves me a lot of stress. The changes aren’t just about the outline, though. I used to be on a very need-to-know basis […]

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