Anti-NaNoWriMo, a Wrap-up Assessment

Anti-NaNoWriMo, a Wrap-up Assessment

This year, I did an anti-NaNoWriMo. Basically, I would resist the siren call of NaNoWriMo, evade the writing community pressure to participate, and concentrate on everything but writing. Now that November is officially over-and-out, I thought I would recap how […]

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Exposition Through Dialogue; or, My Characters Talk Too Much

Exposition Through Dialogue; or, My Characters Talk Too Much

I explore characters, settings, and plots through dialogue. Pure exposition bores me – gives me nothing dynamic to play with – so I use conversations. Dialogue seems like an easy way around the show-don’t-tell rule. My early stories used that […]

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18 Days without My Laptop: What I Learned

18 Days without My Laptop: What I Learned

This was supposed to be my National Novel Writing Month victory post. Instead, as I watch friends share their victories on Facebook and Instagram (I’ve avoided Twitter) with only a small bite of jealousy, I’ve instead typed up a bit […]

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Newborn Inkette

Newborn Inkette

I am presently writing this post the morning it is due to go up. Soundtrack? A hiccupping newborn and an endless loop of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. November 18th, my daughter Ryan was born. Since then, things have been…hectic. Babies […]

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Story Structure Connections

We mention story structure every once in a while, but we don’t delve that deeply into the topic. I think most writers interpret the mechanics differently, yet somehow we end up at the same place. Some writers want nothing to […]

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Muses

A couple of months ago Melissa wrote a post on muses and asked us whether we knew our muse. At the time I drew a huge blank. Now, I realize I have two that I use frequently and I can’t […]

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