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How to Write Jokes Type #2 'You're not the only one.'

No one told me that law school was less about learning specific laws and more about how to think, to think with precision and force, relativity and logic. 410 more words


Three Lessons I Learned from Working with an Editor

One of the things I looked forward to in having one of my manuscripts accepted for publication, was the opportunity to work with an editor. I thirsted to go to the next level in my writing. 446 more words

Melinda Friesen

Small details and injured knees

I somehow managed to hurt my knee this weekend but for the life of me I can’t remember when. The biggest problem about being hurt is that I now know exactly how my knee is used because every time I bend it jut a bit too far it stops being able to support me.  229 more words


Reader Question :: "How long does it take you to write a novel?"

Back in the summer, I gave people the option to ask me questions about writing novels. You can still drop any queries over on that post… 503 more words

Being A Writer

Conflict driven. - 6 ways to add conflict

It is a well known fact that most stories are conflict driven.
A story must have a mix of big conflict and small conflict.  There is the conflict between the hero and the villain, there is the conflict in the dialog and most importantly there is sometimes conflict in the hero’s morals. 176 more words


What Ghostwriting Taught Me

1. I don’t have time for perfection

I’ve never considered myself a perfectionist, except when it comes to fiction. When I first started writing stories, I would frequently write eight different beginnings. 766 more words


A year on: my first year post-PhD

I have been trawling through my blog archives, reading was I was writing and thinking about a year ago. I have friends who are close to submitting their PhD theses for examination, and others who are not yet where they wanted to be by now, and this has all given me pause to reflect on where I was a year ago and where I am now. 1,202 more words

Writing Process