Category Archive for: ‘How to Think Sideways’

Listening to your Muse

Communication is more than merely saying words, hoping someone else will understand. It’s about learning what to say in a …

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Sticking With a Story

A novelist is faced with many difficult and uncertain choices on the road to creating the story. Is the setting …

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Are you in?

It’s Wednesday already, here on the blog. Can you believe that tomorrow (March 5th) will be the last day to …

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The Distractible Muse

The Muse can be a fickle thing. She (or He) loves the creative process. She loves things that are new …

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Generating your Genre

Do you know what kind of book you want to write… or possibly what you have already written? Sometimes a …

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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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The Sentence Revisited

One of the most useful tools in the HTTS toolbelt is The Sentence. It can help define the direction a …

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Outline Leap

Some writers are strict outliners, wanting to know every scene and plan every plot point before they begin writing. Other …

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Fictional Settings in the Real World

Creating the perfect setting for a story can be a precarious proposition. For those writing non-earth settings, it’s a matter …

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Hall of Shame

Let’s face it – sometimes our muses can be petulant, stubborn twits. They give us impossible ideas. They give us …

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