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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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Have Pride in Your Work

A while back I used to teach college level English classes. Several were introductory level courses – how to write a college research paper. Every class had a few people who would ask “does spelling count?” My reply then – and my reply now, whether you’re still in class learning the ropes or writing or […]

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The Power of Music

Back when I was in college, we’d occasionally have a professor come in and play classical music while we were studying. They would tell us this helped us concentrate. These little interludes never lasted long, they made made most of us think “is this person for real?” I think there’s something to it – though […]

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The Secret Adaptation Formula

Every so often I meet other writers who hear I write novels, comics and screenplays. They’re interested in taking their work from one format and adapting it to another. This is a great exercise and you can learn so much about writing when you do this. I saw one poster in a Facebook group I […]

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How Much Description?

I don’t see people talk often about how much you need to describe your characters, to this time around let’s talk about it. The rules are different across screenplays and prose – if you don’t work in both, or you’re moving from one to the other, it’s important to understand the differences. When you’re working […]

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Group Dynamics in Fiction

Most stories will revolve around more than one character. Sure, you’ll have one character who’s central to the story and who basically owns it – but you need more people for this character to interact with. This is the ensemble and today we’re going to talk about what makes a good cast of characters. Case […]

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How Long Will This Take?

I was conversing with another indie lamenting about his sales figures (which aren’t much different from mine – depressingly low). It got me thinking… Back when I was in high school there was a show on really late at night called Dr. Demento. He was a lot like Weird Al Yankovic, hosting a show that […]

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Story Anti-Patterns – And How to Fix Them

In programming we have a concept called an anti-pattern. This is a flawed approach at fixing a problem that causes more problems than the original issue it attempted to fix. Because of their ubiquitous nature, they’re pretty well documented (read: lots of people do this). When it comes to writing there are some anti-patters to […]

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Nobody Can Do It But You

When I first started to understand how to use Twitter, I set up a tweet library for myself. These were things I could reach into and schedule through HootSuite, so I didn’t have to spend three or four hours on a Saturday coming up with new material. (You’re welcome for the social media tip, but […]

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