Feeding back

Maybe you’re looking for help on a sticky story line. Maybe you’re looking for a pat on the back from …

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Untying a NaNo Knot

Many novelists are currently sailing through the writing storm known as National Novel Writing Month. You might even be one …

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Shorter than short

The shape of a story is basically the same, whether you’re writing a half-million word epic, or a short story …

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Published Work

Holly’s students aren’t just learning how to write – many of them have become published authors over the years. Some …

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The story before the story

What happens if you’re working through a revision and discover that, really, you’ve written two separate stories? One of Holly’s …

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Tips?

You see it all the time in music. In fact, it’s a time-honored tradition. Playing for tips. Sometimes bars offer …

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When it takes on life…

Sometimes writers end up feeling stuck. Worse, sometimes they find that what they’re writing loses it’s inspiration. It’s flat. It’s …

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Do You NaNo?

That challenging, frustrating, envigorating, creative time of year is back: NaNoWriMo, AKA National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to …

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Words Other Than Said

There are different schools of thought about writing dialog. One is very strict about dialog tags, recommending that writers try …

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Nurture the Story Seedling

Sometimes a story seed can start with the smallest of notions. An unattainable love. A war against despair. A secret …

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