Four Editing Methods to Get You Through

So you finished your first draft.  Maybe it was just finishing, maybe its December or January and you’ve finished the madness that is National Novel Writing Month.  Either way, now you have a document in front of you.  Its rough and maybe even scarier then the blank page was because what the hell are you […]

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How To Create a Productive Work Space

In the days of online work and at home jobs there have never been more people working from home.  As someone who writes (Religiously) it is important to have a space that both inspires me and keeps me focused; a line that can be easily blurred. I’ve talked before about the importance of training your […]

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Lessons & Tools in a Hard Edit

A “Hard Edit” as I like hard to call it is a hard copy, in detail edit of a manuscript.  It doesn’t matter if this is a paper for school, fiction, or non-fiction.  This is going to be the hardest edit you will have to do.  You’ve already gone through on your laptop and added […]

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Creating a Writing Schedule

When going about our writing, before we do anything, we should have our outlines done or at the least, the idea firmly cemented in our head. With that in mind, the nitty gritty starts to rear its ugly head. I see a lot of people starting to worry already about their word count and if […]

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Traits of a Flawed/Anti Hero

We know them, we love them, sometimes we shouldn’t, but we still do.  Making an Anti/ Flawed/ Tragic hero isn’t something that’s easy though and I have come across a few that seem to forget certain traits that are needed for the hero not to just be a douche bag and villain. What Is an Anti-Hero or […]

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How to Balance Your Writing Life & Your Real Life

The starving artist is an understatement when it comes to writing a novel.  When you look at the number of hours that we spend sitting in front of a screen from start to finish, than look at what the average author makes with their books (And by average I don’t mean Dean Koontz or Stephen King) […]

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The Ultimate Pen Post

It’s no secret.  We love our pens.  Well, maybe I love my pens.  And I do.  Endlessly.  So in this post, I wanted to go into some of my favorite pens and writing instruments that I just love.  Most of these can be found at your local office supply store while the specialty ones can be found […]

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Story Mapping with 3 Act Structure

There is a book that I see every time I’m in the reference section of Barnes and Nobles that makes me want to throw something against a wall.  I know that it’s not what the title says but just reading the title reminds me that “No Plot, No Problem!” really is a huge problem.  In writing […]

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Wine 101

  Wow okay, I’m finding a lot of people don’t know anything about wine, wine pairing or wine drinking in the writing world and just in the real world so consider this an Adulting and a Writing guide!  I attribute that mostly to people not being educated on it but if you have a high […]

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Character Motivation & Consistency

So let’s take a moment to talk about character consistency.  This is something that I find a lot of people have a hard time with and a lot of it has to do with the actual development of the character in itself.  When making a character, we pick out traits and experiences that define our […]

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