Fall Weather and Writing Slumps

It’s been dropping below 60 in my hometown lately. The night air is chilly, beautiful, crisp, and I just want to sit out in my back yard with a cup of cocoa and a good book. Or a good notebook. Fall is my favorite season–as I am a booknerdigan at heart. It’s perfect for writing,Continue reading “Fall Weather and Writing Slumps”

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The Year in Recap

It’s been a pretty big year for me. I’m in a loving, committed relationship, I graduated college, my dog died, we have two furry additions to the family, I was accepted to grad school… I graduated with my BA this summer and I am seriously just amazed at myself. Growing up, I wasn’t what anyoneContinue reading “The Year in Recap”

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WTT: A Change of Scenery

Occasionally, as a writer, we believe that we have to have a a special room or space in which to write. In fact, I posted about this a while ago. We do need a space where we won’t be interrupted. But that doesn’t have to be at home. It could be your car or aContinue reading “WTT: A Change of Scenery”

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WTT: Be Loud and Proud

The quote from Stephen King’s On Writing is pretty powerful. Stephen King, one of the world’s most well known author (I won’t say popular because a fair amount of people don’t like his work… but they do know his name), was once ashamed of his own writing.   I have spent a good many years since— too many,Continue reading “WTT: Be Loud and Proud”

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WTT: Punctual Punctuation (repost)

Maybe you’ve seen the “Let’s eat Grandma!” example, maybe you know about the strippers named Hitler and Stalin, maybe you think commas are like sprinkles and they make your ice cream-like writing taste better and look pretty. Who knows. Perhaps you’re one of those overly excited writers!!! You know, the ones who like to putContinue reading “WTT: Punctual Punctuation (repost)”

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WTT: Don’t Tell Me The Sun Is Shining (repost)

It’s the classic: show me don’t tell me. It’s also a cop out in your writing. Oh, sure, it’s factual too. The sun is indeed shining. Are the birds chirping as well? Chuck Palahniuk’s article on Lit Reactor says it very well. You’ll have to “un-pack” the description. This photo for example. Try describing itContinue reading “WTT: Don’t Tell Me The Sun Is Shining (repost)”

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WTT: Read More (repost)

I’m going to admit something up front here. This post is going to rant about something. It is, however, very important for anyone who creates content on the web. It’s very important. It helps clear up your blog feed and your site content. It makes it easier for your audience and prospective followers to peruseContinue reading “WTT: Read More (repost)”

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WTT: You’re Grounded! (repost)

The most important thing for a storyteller to do is ground the reader. By the end of the first paragraph the reader should know the name of the narrator or main character and the setting. Some writers like to keep this from the reader, but remember that readers shouldn’t be confused about the story at the beginning. Think about it this way:Continue reading “WTT: You’re Grounded! (repost)”

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