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Intention Counts: Pulling Your Story Together

Intention Counts: Pulling Your Story Together

In many things, intention does not count. Unexamined bias? Harmful stereotypes? The best of intentions can not fix these things. But you intend something when you write a story. Maybe you intend some deep, profound statement. Maybe it’s a general sense […]

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Writing to Theme

Writing to Theme

Sometimes, writing fantasy feels like writing without rules. No restrictions – anything is possible. I used to balk at the idea of writing to a theme someone else set; I wanted to write my story, after all. But I’ve found that […]

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Writerly Gift Ideas: Holidays 2016 Edition

Writerly Gift Ideas: Holidays 2016 Edition

Once again, we have reached that time of year when the majority of us scramble like mad for gift ideas. I’d like to share a few of my writerly gift ideas with you. Maybe you have a writer of your […]

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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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Beginnings: Way More Complicated Than They Should Be

Beginnings: Way More Complicated Than They Should Be

I’m currently flailing around trying to find the beginning of this short story. Beginnings are not a strength of mine, so they rarely start in the right place. Because I’m not big on planning, I sometimes start stories with little […]

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Writing Advice: Showing Up To The Page Is Not Enough

Writing Advice: Showing Up To The Page Is Not Enough

One common piece of writing advice is to first show up to the page. Sit down and write. But if you’re anything like me, that’s not enough. I always feel as though when I put pen to paper wonderful words […]

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