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Failing Upward; or, Don’t Give Up

Failing Upward; or, Don’t Give Up

Anytime you take a chance, you run the risk of failing. Otherwise, where are the stakes? The adventure? I had to cancel my workshop over the weekend because life happened to everyone who’d given me definites. Funny how that happens. […]

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Method Acting: Theatre Wisdom for Writers

Method Acting: Theatre Wisdom for Writers

I’ve never learned method acting. Oh, I’ve heard the term bandied about often enough, but no one ever explained what that really meant. Despite that, I’d like to think I’ve picked up a few things over the years. Over the weekend, […]

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Fighting the Election Blues

Fighting the Election Blues

Last week was spectacularly crappy. I don’t normally have strong opinions about political candidates, but indicate that I am less than a person and we have problems. And this election? One candidate in particular, through his own words and actions, […]

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Finding Your Muse: Ideas and Inspiration

A muse, to me, is something that inspires and facilitates your stories. Some people find their muse in a person and some find theirs in an object or place. You can certainly have more than one and they can also […]

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Revising: Things Fall Together

Revising: Things Fall Together

The way things fall together when revising isn’t something I can teach. The way it works for me is: it just happens. But if I could figure out how to do it intentionally? That would be my writing utopia. Take one […]

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Character Conflict: Divided Loyalties

Character Conflict: Divided Loyalties

To get through a story writing compelling characters, those characters all must have goals. They have things they want to obtain and people they want to protect. But what happens when those loyalties – those goals – come into conflict […]

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