Make an Idea List

You may remember my, and quite frankly everyone else’s, advice about keeping a journal that I posted just a few weeks ago. Well this is an extension of that. Keep a book that is just for ideas. Don’t actually explore topics in that notebook. Use a different one to write out the adventure. Keep theContinue reading “Make an Idea List”

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WTT: News Flash, Writing is Social

Writing is social. I fought against this the moment I heard but when shortly after graduation when I was talking with some other writers… about writing… I realized that it’s true. So let me say it again for clarification: WRITING IS SOCIAL! There’s nothing you can do about it. As a writer you have aContinue reading “WTT: News Flash, Writing is Social”

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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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100 Posts!

No it’s not just a gif of fireworks over Cinderella’s castle. I thought I’d talk about NaNoWriMo and my little plans for it. For those who don’t know National Novel Writing Month begins Nov 1 at 12:00am. The challenge is to write 50,000 words and ultimately finish the novel. Well as I’ve talked about inContinue reading “100 Posts!”

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