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People Watch For The Monster

People watch for the monster. The other night I was reading a friend’s short horror comic script and it got me thinking about those words. I’ve tweeted this advice for a while – I think it’s time for a deeper dive into the topic. Let’s talk about something that helps make horror fun – the […]

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Five Books

Usually I write about stuff I see in a Facebook group. This post is a reaction to some stuff I saw over in a LinkedIn post. A friend of mine has stuck out on her own indie writing journey. She’s a marketing professional who replied to a post by another marketing professional about indie authors […]

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The Ten Year Journey

I’m always amazed that no matter where I go, I meet people who want to write and enjoy success without putting the work in. I really don’t know why this mindset seems to be so prevalent – I think because reading a book is along the lines of watching a movie. It’s kind of passive […]

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Where to Start

I’m a member of the Facebook group Science Fiction Writing Fanatics. It’s a fun group with a decent amount of activity – not so much it’s overwhelming but enough to keep me thinking. If you’re working in speculative fiction I strongly suggest joining. There’s a good amount of advice relevant to other genres as well. […]

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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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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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