Books On Writing

I am ridiculously picky about books on writing. Maybe because my family thought for years that all books on writing were equally useful. I still remember the feeling of reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and for the first time […]

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Conferences from an Outside Perspective

Conferences from an Outside Perspective

It recently came to my attention that not all people understand the organization of a writing conference, or merely a conference in general. Surprising, right? Yeah, not so much. After the first day of When Worlds Collide, I attended my […]

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Worldbuilding Resource

I tend to write stories that ease into the fantastical elements. Any urban or rural fantasy starts in the world as you and I know it – more or less – but that doesn’t lessen the need for worldbuilding. In those […]

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Writer’s Block

I have ridiculous writer’s block. Which is weird for me. Once I get over the hump of starting, I’m generally fine. Not this time. So in lieu of a proper post, I’m going to share a favorite research/procrastination source: Unseen […]

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Storyview versus Worldview

Storyview versus Worldview

I just read Jeff VanderMeer’s amazing Wonderbook, which is a masterclass unto itself, but not for faint of heart or beginners. There are no paint-by-numbers explanations. There is connecting to your writing and emphasis on creativity and ignoring the paint-by-numbers […]

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Vicarious Senses: Setting Conundrums

Vicarious Senses: Setting Conundrums

If you’re like me in any way, you don’t always have the opportunity to go to the places you set your stories in. If you’re lucky, you’ll visit a place and find yourself inspired to write a story set there. […]

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