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The Value of Research

When I'm writing something I do a ton of research. I'll start right after I get the concept, and it usually doesn't end until the story is finished. Back in high school and college this…

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Getting Unblocked

I'm coming off a dry spell that's lasted a lot longer than I want to admit. It's been a strange one for me - I've had plenty of ideas for shorter stuff, which I've been…

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Raising the Stakes

One of the elements of a great story is the sense of rising stakes. With every passing second or page, victory or failure couldn’t seem closer. The protagonist takes a step forward, two steps back,…