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Creation inspiration tool - random word inspired story.

I like to constantly challenge myself, to exercise my creative ability so that it remains strong and capable. I treat it like a muscle and assume it will respond positively to regular exercise and will keep functioning for me as a demanding user. 346 more words


Common themes for your protagonist and antagonist

A rather tongue in cheek checklist of the most often used characteristics for leading characters in novels.

Feel free to add more in the comments.

Writing Basics

Let's get back to the writing basics!

As writers, we sometimes become so inundated by the craft that we lose sight of our writing process. When this digression occurs, it is time to shift focus and get back to the basics. 96 more words

Writing Process

Holy crap, I finished a draft!

I finished a draft recently and I’ve gotten really gushy about characters! Drafts can be a long, exhausting process. This one kicked around in my head for over a year before it was completely out in one long, full story. 853 more words

Writing Reflections

Observation exercise for character development

There’s no getting away from the fact that your story will need people. You will need to invent characters to populate the imaginary world within your stories. 454 more words

Writing Basics

How Do I Write a (Non-Fiction) Book Proposal? (Part I: The Query)

So you want to write a book.

You dream of quitting your day job to haunt your local Starbucks, sipping lattes and tapping purposefully on your trusty MAC. 477 more words


Your Novel in ONE Sentence---Anatomy of Story Part 5

I used to try to teach from the perspective of an editor, but I found that my thinking was flawed. Why? Because editors are like building inspectors. 1,517 more words

Kristen Lamb