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Plot: My Writer Weakness

Plot: My Writer Weakness

The fact that I actually had to stand still and think about what “plot” means, and then go grab one of my writing books to confirm my theory, pretty much says it all. Plot is my number one weakness as […]

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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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REPOST: Beta Readers: You Need Them, Especially When You Think Otherwise

REPOST: Beta Readers: You Need Them, Especially When You Think Otherwise

This weekend Kate and I are covering the Calgary writer’s conference When Words Collide. We also happen to be presenting on a panel together Sunday morning. Our topic is Beta Readers, Critique Partners, and More; I signed up for one reason: […]

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Stop and Start: Lessons of Book One

Stop and Start: Lessons of Book One

I am in the midst of writing what I am considering my very first book. It’s my first because it’s the only one to date that has made it past the most preliminary planning stages -I have all of the […]

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Fantasy Is So Much More

Fantasy Is So Much More

I read an article lately on fantasy writing. It espoused J. R. R. Tolkien and Robert Jordan as two of the best writers in fantasy, fantasy as a vehicle for symbols, and discussed the celebrity of stories with Anglo-Celtic/Christian symbolism. It […]

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