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My One-Star Review

My One-Star Review

If you follow writerly circles on the internet, you’ve probably seen it before. Someone posts less-than-kind things about a book. The author of the book responds. Maybe it starts out as a reasoned discussion (though not necessarily), but generally it

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Going Deeper

Going Deeper

In general, I move fast in my first drafts. My focus is on the characters and the action, figuring out who is doing what and why. Sure, I’ve become more of a planner in recent years, but I’m still not

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Free and Useful: 750 Words

So in past lives (or previous years, or whatever) I’ve tried morning pages as recommended by Julia Cameron. Many a writer has, and a lot of those that I’ve talked to find morning pages incredibly useful. Some have told me

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World-Building, Day Eight

World-Building, Day Eight

Day eight, economics and politics. Just as you examined your timeline for events and pressures, now examine your map for resources and deficits. For five minutes, make a few notes on the map to mark places that have more of

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World-Building, Day Seven

World-Building, Day Seven

One problem is that I’m not sure of any major civilizations. The Devastation pretty much knocked everyone on their asses–it’s taken three thousand years to crawl back out of the dark age, and the world isn’t a bunch of bordering nations anymore. It’s bits of civilization scattered across the face of the planet. So…skip the first question, if it’s not answered by the date of the Devastation.

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World-Building, Day Six

World-Building, Day Six

Day Six: Races. (Note: the site I’ve been using seems to be down, but you can get a PDF with the exercises and more┬áhere.) Spend 10 minutes figuring out what people who evolved in each major area of your world

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World-Building, Day Five

World-Building, Day Five

Day Five. So, today’s exercise is to draw out the physical contours of your map, and then identify at least three places that your people might live. You don’t need names for them yet– we’ll worry about names next week,

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