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Sweet Nothing to Reward – Part 5 In…

Kate loves to disguise herself. She's a chameleon, she is. She loves to pretend to be my friends, tugging at my heart strings to make me constantly check Facebook for updates. Facebook. Ugh! How I…

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Get the Diamond Out of the Ground –…

This post is based on an exercise in Sherry Peters' Silencing Your Inner Saboteur. I can't recommend this book highly enough to writers, artists or anyone struggling with self-doubt. I'm about 1/3-1/2 of the way…

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Just A Thousand Words

One of Sherry Peters' gems of writing advice is to set achievable writing goals. This does so many things - it gives you something to strive for and a way to keep track of your…

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The New Dawn

I just finished Sherry Peters' Silencing Your Inner Saboteur. I've bought a lot of writing books over the years, some have been awesome and some haven't been so awesome. Sherry's involvement with the Odyssey Writing…

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Origin of the Saboteur – Part 2 of…

Part of the process of silencing our inner saboteur is acknowledging the events that gave rise to this thing. As in fiction, if we want to stop the monster we must understand it: part of…

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We Can Edit

Get To The Fun Stuff Early on in my quest to animate THE TRIP, I got overwhelmed. At times I felt like I needed every character and every scene to be fully rigged and capable…

Story Discovery

In IT project management there's a phase of a project called discovery. In this phase we flesh out how we're going to tackle the problem at hand, trying to scope out possible options. Writing is…

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The Years Will Pass

I got into a conversation with a person in a comic book group I'm in the other day. The poster said he didn't have time to pursue his own art, so he wanted to hire…

A Good Group

As writers, we spend a lot of time working alone. However, we can't work in complete isolation, so at some point you'll need to seek out other writers. A good writing group can help you…

Which Character Are You?

Pretty much any time you write something, the question which character are you is bound to come up. I think it comes up most often when you talk about your writing to people who don't…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…