Monthly Archives: July 2015

Looking For Opinions

So, this post is going to be somewhat different. I’ve discovered that writing this blog every day is really sapping my writing energy. I just don’t think I can write about writing every day and still keep it intelligent and

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The Latest, Greatest, Shiny Idea

Mostly, writers love plot bunnies. They show up, wriggling their metaphoric noses and we’re delighted. We can’t sleep until we get started. This is going to be the best story idea yet. And then at some point, six or twelve

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Kill Your Darlings

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” Stephen King, On Writing. This particular quote seems to have passed into common usage. It’s a phrase often heard when a writer

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Interview with Meradeth Houston

Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her: She’s a Northern California girl, now braving the cold winters in Montana. When she’s not writing,

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Synonyms for Look and Walk

Is there an easier word to overuse than look? If you’re not careful, it’ll take over your manuscript. A judicious use of synonyms can help. Notice the qualifier. If your characters are using a synonym for look every other paragraph,

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A Different Kind of Story Prompt

Today’s post will be short because I found out about this brilliant thing yesterday. There’s not a ton to say, but it’s really worth a post on its own. I discovered it on Twitter, and it seriously made all the

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Interview with Elizabeth Welsford

Elizabeth Welsford is the author of the IPPY-winning The Five Step Plan. She’s a mom, culinary adventurer, and single malt scotch aficionado who has become obsessed with writing historical fiction.  For the past few years, she’s made it her business to learn

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