Half the Battle is Showing Up

A few weeks back I went to the gym with a friend of mine. We’re both getting up there in years and we’re both carrying around more weight than we should. I’ve been hitting the gym for well over a year; this was his first trip in years. My friend was energized when we started. […]

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Finding the Right Team

It’s the new year, ending my holiday hiatus as I get back into writing new posts. I’m going to revisit something I touched on a while back in Finding People. You Can’t Do It Alone Creativity is a lonely pursuit – most of the time we have to wall ourselves off and work. And work. […]

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The What-If Game

Write long enough and eventually you’ll hit a story block. By this I mean you’re going along, the story has been working, and suddenly – BAM! You hit a brick wall and feel like you’re dead in the water. Progress stops. You get frustrated to the point where you want to rip your hair out […]

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Building Your Team

Something I see come up often in several groups I follow is how you find people to help you – especially when you’re just starting out and you can’t pay much, if anything. This point alone keeps many people from even trying, and that’s sad. There are passionate, talented people who will be willing to […]

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The Rules

When you write in genre – especially Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal, it’s exciting because we get to create limitless worlds. The only limits are those in your own imagination, and you’re free to explore pretty much anything you want. As you build a world you need to keep something in mind – you’re creating a set of rules […]

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The Attack Point

Back in grad school we had discussions in every creative writing class about where to begin our stories. This is something that happens quite a bit, and I’ve seen writers at all levels have to deal with it. In this post I’ll offer my advice on how to get going. Our instructor called this the […]

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What Makes You An Artist

I should subtitle this post Writing Over the Holidays without Losing Your Marbles… I’m writing this in November, and I’m sure there are a number of you out there in readerland who are participating in NaNoWriMo this year. While I’m not in NaNoWriMo this year, it is a busy time of year for me and […]

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Getting Unstuck: Up the Conflict and Make a Decision

I’m deep in the throes of writing the second installment of the WITCH CITY series, WITCH CITY: VISIONARY. Being human – just like you, and yes, I mean you, I hit a plot point and got stuck. It took me a few days to find a way past this block and I think some of […]

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Being Honest With Yourself

As I’m writing this I’m hard at work on the second novel in the WITCH CITY series, WITCH CITY: VISIONARY. In this last writing cycle I reread some of the story from the previous couple sessions after setting it down for a couple weeks. (See The Cold Read for why this is important) When I […]

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What Really Matters

I see this a lot – a writer excitedly gets started on a story – and then they stress out about something. It’s usually one element – maybe a style; maybe a character; maybe a scene. They get so focused on this element they have a difficult time moving forward. What may have started as […]

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