Category Archive for: ‘Quick Starts and Short Courses’

The reasons behind the words

Some writers (yours truly included) struggle to build a writing schedule that they can keep. Sometimes the reason is out …

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Creating a Monster

Have you ever created a monster? Have you given something the power to overwhelm you… or more accurately, your characters? …

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A Drawer Full of Dreams

Admit it. You have an abandoned story tucked away somewhere, maybe in a file cabinet, under the bed, or even …

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Taming Your Manuscript’s Menagerie

Every writer must learn to take charge of the characters in her story and to create interesting and plausible arcs …

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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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NaNoWriMo 2014

Do you NaNo? We do. Or, at least, some of us do. NaNoWrimo, also known as National Novel Writing Month, …

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Putting Your Characters To Work

Characters are the heart of every story, and so it is essential for a writer to dig deep into the …

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Limiting The Infinite

One of the best things about being a writer might be the ability to,¬†with nothing more than a spell made …

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Writing, Interrupted

You know what they say: Life Happens. And it happens to writers too. Family matters explode. Work saps their energy. …

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Avoiding the “infodump”

Anyone who has been writing for a while has heard this cardinal rule: show, don’t tell. At it’s core, it’s …

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