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Out on a Limb: Fantasy Villains

Welcome to the first post of Out on a Limb: Astrid’s opinions on writing topics. You’ll notice I love to talk about villains. LOVE. They are my favorite types of characters. 1,591 more words

Out On A Limb

Critique: Does It Have To Hurt?

On Saturday I attended the monthly meeting of Lancaster Christian Writers and the speaker talked about critique. What do you think of when you hear the word “critique”? 985 more words

Writing Advice And Tips

When You Want a 1st-Rate Short Story That "Gives Back" ... Read Asako Serizawa

2016 has so far seen some pretty good literature published. But great literature, sadly, is becoming harder to come by. Especially in its shorter forms, which I have always preferred to novels. 1,313 more words

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On Editing: Curiosity and Impatience

I admit it. I’m impatient. Impatient to progress, impatient to be finished, impatient to be not just competent but excellent at any given thing.

I’m also curious, which is exceedingly helpful when writing first drafts.  552 more words

Thoughts On Writing

Who’s Telling the Story? A Case for Multiple POV

I had just completed Chapter Five in my “still in progress” novel. My protagonist is a single female, late twenties, public school biology teacher. Chapter Five ends with her accepting an invitation to serve as the “Green Counselor” at a month long summer camp for girls. 498 more words

Thoughts On Writing

Story Types: Novellas

Last week, we began a discussion on story lengths. This came from a question I have been asked of late: what types of story are there? 491 more words

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On Sexism and Susan Pevensie

One of my favourite bloggers, Jillian, drew my attention to the Classic Remarks meme over at Pages Unbound. Essentially, this meme strikes me as “essay questions for people who really miss English lessons”. 1,320 more words