Writing

I’ll be participating in A Round of Words in 80 Days!

I’ll be participating in A Round of Words in 80 Days!

What better way to kick off the new year than with a challenge? I’ll be starting 2018 with A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80), a writing challenge that lets you define your own goals, so long as you achieve them in the 80 days following January 2nd. Nanowrimo kicked my butt this year,

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The Author’s Utility Belt: Five Must-Have Tools

The Author’s Utility Belt: Five Must-Have Tools

It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this! Writing a book is a long and frustrating journey, and just like any good adventurer, you’re going to need the right supplies if you want to stand a chance. After around three years of digging and poking around, here are five apps/items that have made writing my novel

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Three Things I Learned Finishing My Third Draft

Three Things I Learned Finishing My Third Draft

A few days ago, I finished my third draft. I printed out all the pages, shoved them into a binder, and the first thing I did was drop it. On purpose. I wanted to hear that sound, that thud that meant something that had weighed on my mind for the last four years had actual,

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Charlie Hebdo: From a 15-year-old Writer’s Point of View

Charlie Hebdo: From a 15-year-old Writer’s Point of View

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.” – George Orwell I walked into my English class Wednesday morning and saw this written on the whiteboard. Our teacher asked the class, “How many of you have heard about the news in Paris? About the Charlie Hebdo shootings?” Until then

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The Secret of Originality

Creating a novel requires a lot of thought. Actually, maybe that’s a bit of an understatement. You have to know the characters better than your best friends, your settings better than your home, and etc, etc. Well, you get the point. Novels take a lot of work. If you’re like me, even brainstorming smaller chunks of a

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Three Recipes For a Better Plot

Three Recipes For a Better Plot

“I took a master class with Billy Wilder once and he said that in the first act of a story you put your character up in a tree and the second act you set the tree on fire and then in the third you get him down.”– Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back Producer Gary Kurtz, LA Times interview You have

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Making a Perfect Main Character

Imagine a world without people. I wouldn’t be here. You wouldn’t be here. The world would be a pretty desolate and boring place to “not” be a part of. The same goes for stories. We tell stories to describe what people do. So whether you’re writing a sci-fi, romance, or action packed amazing adventure, you’re

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Creating a Novel: Turning That Idea into a Reality

Creating a Novel: Turning That Idea into a Reality

Sometimes an idea hits you like a large sack of rocks. It may just be a little case of curiosity. Other times it’s something else. This isn’t one of those I-wonder-what-banana-milk-tastes-like kind of ideas. It’s a big idea. An idea that could create a whole new world or revolutionize the way we think. This idea is

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