Use your character’s senses

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My latest character question comes from Hobbes first visit to the beach. The Pacific Ocean is anything but pacific off the coast of Malibu. Often rough, usually freezing cold until late in the summer and even then it is still … Read More

Who would your character call for help?

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Remember the game show “So you want to be a millionaire?” Contestants were allowed to phone a friend  for help. I ran a game like that when when I taught 6th grade literature. We would discuss the reading and I … Read More

A Cure for Writer’s Block: Vacation Writing Days

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Do you take vacation writing days from your WIP? I don’t mean a vacation from writing but a vacation from your WIP. I was discussing writer’s block with an author over dms recently and I realized that this was the … Read More

How to Finish Your Writing Year Strong

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  December 8th 2021. I have written consistently over November but if you haven’t –no matter –the year isn’t done yet! You can still finish your writing year strong! Even with Southern California Edison cutting our power without warning (yes … Read More

Optimist or Pessimist? A #NaNoWriMo Question

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Optimism or pessimism: which drives your character? I have always been an optimist. Even in the most difficult of times, loss of my father, my dog, my health, I have always looked toward the light. I have searched for the … Read More

5 Tips for Shaking Up Your ReWrite World

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Are you working on a rewrite? As I begin working in earnest on my next rewrite I have done a few things to set me on the right track. I wrote last week about my new enchantment with plottr. You … Read More

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