12 Days of Christmas: Reading Wish List

On Sunday, I made a terrible mistake. At the time, I had no idea that it would affect me for the rest of the week, but it has. My mistake? I went to the grocery store. The result? I've had "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" stuck in my head for three days straight. But what's even worse is that my brain created a monstrous hybrid with "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts."

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Permission to Take the Day Off

It's December, Nanowrimo just ended, and it's cold enough to freeze the tits off a polar bear. (Although considering the impact of global warming on polar populations, that's not true anymore, and I should probably remove that colloquialism from my arsenal.) Anyways, it's cold enough that the geese are no longer floating on the lake, they're walking on it.

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What Makes a Character Worthy?

Before I begin, I think it's worth mentioning that I don't know the answer to this question. Actually, I'm not completely convinced I even know what the question really means, but it's certainly something worth thinking about.

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An Ideal Writing Day

When it comes to writing, we all have an idea of what our ideal writing day would look like. Of course, it's rare that we actually get to enjoy such a perfect day -- most of the time, we just squeeze our writing in where we can -- but hey, we can dream!

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Get SMART: 5 Steps to Meet Your Writing Goals

Whether you're participating in the official NaNoWriMo or not, November is National Novel Writing Month, and for many people, that means setting a writing goal and sticking with it. Of course, by mid-November, more than a few people have fallen off the bandwagon, or maybe even missed the boat all together.

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Fatalities of Fiction: How to Kill Your Characters

When it comes to writing fiction, death is often inevitable. No, I don't mean writing fiction will kill you, I mean eventually, you will have to write the death of a beloved -- or despised -- character, and sometimes, your fictional fatalities will have far-reaching consequences for the rest of your novel or series.

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A Recipe for Russian Tea and Writing

The change of seasons is always bittersweet -- especially around the first snowfall -- and for writers especially, it's nice to have a warm beverage that matches your mood! So, in honor of the first little snow flurry (and the death of my poor garden) I've decided to share my Mom's recipe for Russian Tea.

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5 Easy Tricks for Writing Believable Dialogue

Although we speak every day, writing believable dialogue can be surprisingly difficult. From fluidity, to speech tags, to punctuation, there are many pitfalls when it comes to annotating your characters' spoken words. Luckily, I have a few easy tricks to help you get by!

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NaNoWriMo 2019: Ready, Set, Write!

This month, hundreds of thousands of writers will sit down (or stand up, or sprawl out) and try to pump out 50,000 words in 30 days; and we call this masochism NaNoWriMo. Try to write as much as you can ... before morale fades. My Game Plan To be honest, I'm going to be a… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2019: Ready, Set, Write!

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5 Steps for Creating Believable Characters

It would be easy to swap Beowulf for Hercules (or vice versa) without really changing the integral themes of their source material; however, you'd be hard-pressed to switch Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games to Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower without causing irreparable damage to the story itself. Because of this, most modern authors and readers place a great deal of emphasis on characters who are unique, relatable, and essential to the stories they inhabit.