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Which Is Easier? Novels or Short Stories

I have 227 pages of novel sitting next to me waiting for review, which makes it the perfect time to write a blog post… The other day on one of the forums someone made the assertion that it’s far more … Continue reading

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What Kind of Writer Do You Want to Be?

I was going to title this post “the lab or the factory”, because I wanted to write about something Seth Godin said today on his blog.  But, that’s pretty much the title of his blog post, so I went with … Continue reading

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How well should you know your characters?

So, Patricia C. Wrede had a great post yesterday: Worksheets It’s about those lovely character worksheets that people use to know their characters.  Like you’re somehow incapable of writing about a character unless you know their favorite food and color.

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There is not one true way

(Side note: Whoever typed Xcalumkin into a search engine, I love you.  On a further digression – in college I was writing a paper about a Mayan hieroglyph that’s only found at that site and, for various life reasons, I … Continue reading

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The right environment to write

(That’s a bit of a tongue-twister – or at least an easy one to misspell if you’re moving too fast.) I’ve been thinking about this a lot since I’ve been “home.”  (By which I mean, back from overseas, not back … Continue reading

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Misery (the novel)

In his “Learn Writing with Uncle Jim” thread on Absolute Write, James D. Macdonald recommended writers read Misery by Stephen King.  You can see his full explanation for why here.  (You can skip down to where it says, “Why did … Continue reading

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“You have to write about things that are interesting…”

“You know, like fights and car chases and evil people pursuing you.” Mmhm.  Wrong. I think this is an example of good advice that has been twisted out of shape.  It’s not that you have to write about things that are … Continue reading

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Writers are like snowflakes (Part 5)

I figured it had been a while since I did one of these “we’re all unique and need to find what works for us” posts.  So, here goes. This one is about music and television.

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Contractions

So, a month or two ago, I was suddenly gripped by this paranoid memory of a high school English class and some vague recollection that I should never use contractions in my writing.  (And I saw the question pop up … Continue reading

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Writers are like snowflakes (part 4)

In my forum lurking I’ve seen any number of questions about how long someone’s scenes should be or how long their chapters should be or how many scenes should be in a chapter.  And once again, I find myself wanting to … Continue reading

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