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Fantastic Writing Pointers

I’m going to make this post short and to the point.  I just discovered this freelance editor Ellen Brock on youtube.  From the videos I’ve seen so far, she has great insight into writing pointers, strengths and weaknesses.   53 more words


13 Posts of Write-O-Ween #11: Tips and Tricks

13 posts of write-o-ween is a holiday orientated feature I’ll be doing all month to chronicle my writing process and share tips and advice and all that good stuff, as I write my MG Horror novel, The Carnival of Death. 668 more words

Writing Advice

The Evolution of a Novel Part 1

So, here I am again, at the apex of the latest draft of my new novel–trying to come up with the right ending while praying to the muse that everything in front of it holds up the rest of the story better than Chinese drywall.   805 more words

Narration: Time

or When a Story is Told


The Past Tense is the most common in storytelling. It describes the story and the events from a point in the past. 251 more words

Writer's Life

What Your Creativity Needs You to Know


I’m kind of nervous about letting you see this. I mean, for all you know I’m just an abstract representation of all kinds of neurons in your brain firing all over the place, convincing you to do weird stuff like make up stories and draw pictures and whatever. 892 more words

Meg Dowell

Forget the NaNo

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

“So what does that have to do with me?” you ask. “I write poetry/essays/greeting cards/short stories/fortune cookies/memoir/cookbooks/etc.”

Point well taken. 86 more words


How I Outline: Plot

When I posted yesterday’s How I Outline article, I hadn’t decided on the topic for today. It was a toss-up between Plot and Title, and I’ve decided to go with Plot, since most of what I have to say about Titles deals more with revision than planning. 1,383 more words