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I Never Believed in Writer’s Block

Not for me, anyway. I wouldn’t dream of denying that other people have suffered from something that sure sounds awful, but it’s not something that happens to ME. I just write. Every day. Yep. Until I don’t. Lately–for a long

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Type, or the Albatross Gets It!

Ugh, the blank page. Again. Even when I’m editing, I try to do 750words every day. I like to make sure the writing gears are greased before I set to work. But that leads to me facing the blank page

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How to Write a Book

How to Write a Book

Long ago I was an avowed pantser. I didn’t have a plan, didn’t want a plan, having a plan killed the story for me. Just dive in and go, that was the only way I could write. Through the course

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The Fire in Fiction: Book Review

Donald Maass is a master. I think a lot of people have long since agreed on that. He’s seen a lot of great and not-so-great books go by, and he’s learned to see the differences. I’ve been meaning to get

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Writer’s Guide to Creating a Science Fiction Universe.

Writer's Guide to Creating a Science Fiction Universe.

Despite my last post on “Grist for the Mill” I know that I don’t feed my muses as much as I ought. I’m pretty busy trying to stay on top of my job, my child, my college career, my publishing

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There IS Such a Thing as Too Many Books

There IS Such a Thing as Too Many Books

Too many books on writing, I mean. And also “too many in a certain length of time.” I have friends who never read writing books for fear it will muck up their process. They’re afraid that they’ll spend too much

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Why I Needed Fast Draft Like A Glass of Water on a Ship in the Pacific

Why I Needed Fast Draft Like A Glass of Water on a Ship in the Pacific

Writing used to be almost completely instinctual for me. If you ever read the first draft of my first completed novel, you would see that pretty plainly. It’s pure kitchen-sink plotting: Every time the story slowed down, I threw in

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