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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


Quirky little quirks

People have quirks. Little habits that are unique or associated with them specifically. I’m not talking about good, bad or ugly habits, I mean actions or habits that are charming or interesting. 871 more words


Writing Advice: Authors Share 6 Ways to Market Your Books

I will be “out of office” today and down at the pumpkin patch with my three boys for their school field trip, so I thought I would share this piece with everyone, especially my other writerly friends.   1,019 more words


How Amazon's new rules about reviews will affect you.

Amazon has recently changed some of its rules in their neverending pursuit to police bogus reviews. Of course, this is resulting in more reviews disappearing, including legitimate reviews, much to many authors’ chagrin. 277 more words


I Saw That Coming…

Reading as a writer isn’t simply about reading the possible, it’s about reading the actual too. By which I mean, as you develop your reading skills, you will begin to be able to see the twists coming. 411 more words