Category Archive for: ‘Writer Talk’

Solving a dilemma

With the launch of How To Think Sideways currently underway, some people may be wondering if now is the time …

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Another Level of Bad?

In the Badly Written Bestseller thread we discussed what did or didn’t work for us in books by bestselling authors. …

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Does Your Story Need a GPS?

Sometimes writers believe that a story plan is like a road marked with way points and rest stops. With their …

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Genre and audience matters… sort of…

Sci-fi. Spec fic. Dystopian. Young adult and New adult. When writing “light” sci-fi or “soft” sci-fi, especially with younger protagonists, …

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Characters with character

Every writer knows that detail is important. Having vivid description in a story can really help a reader to connect …

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Scenes that make you blush

It isn’t all that long ago that only the most salacious fiction would venture into the more … ahem … …

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Where do you get your ideas?

Some of Holly’s lessons have wonderful tools for generating story ideas. But ideas don’t just come from our imaginations – …

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The best way to write beautifully?

Adverbs and adjectives can be a lot of fun. They are very useful for energizing bland sentences. They help writers colorfully express …

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Once Upon A Time …

Once upon a time, there was an active and supportive forum for an amazing writing class called How To Think Sideways. …

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Story similarity

It’s almost inevitable. You’re writing a story and you suddenly realize that a key element of your world bears a …

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