Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for following my blog and helping me to build my Writer’s Platform. I never thought, not in a million years, that I would have 300+ followers on anything, so this really means a lot to me… This has been an incredible year and I can’t believe how much I have written and posted on this website. Not to mention how much I’ve learned. Just having this site is forcing me to keep up with my writing, designing, photography, and even… *shudder* my coding…

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Writing Prompts to Replace Writing Tips

In lieu of having answered the most common questions about writing, I’ve decided to replace the weekly Tuesday posts with writing prompts. If you are curious about my writing process or have any other questions about writing, specific or general, feel free to contact me using the form on the about page and I’ll beContinue reading “Writing Prompts to Replace Writing Tips”

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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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Make an Outline… or Don’t.

I. Making outlines is helpful to some writers. Depending on what I’m writing, I actually write outlines. Not always, because they can be cumbersome and a waste of time if I choose to format them. Outlines help organize your thoughts. They also make it easier to see the pacing of your fiction. If you noticeContinue reading “Make an Outline… or Don’t.”

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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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