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Let’s Make a Novel Entry #4

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Words this week: belly button lint Submitted by: Robin Hawrish Part 3: 1500 – 2000 words (or so)   I kick the newspaper across the yard, angry enough for a field goal from fifty yards away. The newspaper clears the fence and disappears from view. Jessica has one hand over her eyes like she’s at […]

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Let’s Make a Novel Entry #3

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Words this week: Serendipity, perspicaciously, culminating Submitted by: Victoria Diaz Part 3: 1000 – 1500 words (or so) I roll my eyes and shake my head at him the moment his lips move. I hope he knows how angry I am. He frowns and mouths words I can’t hear because of the thunderous roar of […]

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Character Development Tip

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Here is a character development tip I learned from Brandon Sanderson (epic fantasy author): When you choose a character and decide their main function in the story (mentor, best friend, etc.) decide on who the worst person for this role would be and cast that person for it. This will create great conflict and lead […]

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Let’s Make a Novel Entry #2

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Words this week: Explicit, Torrential, Mundane Submitted by: Mike Cooke Part 2: 500 – 1000 words (or so)   “How are you going to do that?” I yell, startling him from what he thinks is a de-escalating conversation. “You can’t even get yourself off that stupid couch without my help!” I want to take the […]

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First drafts don’t have to be perfect – just write it!

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First drafts don’t have to be perfect, they just have to be written (I am coining that phrase from somewhere that I don’t recall). There was a time I found myself looking over each chapter a couple of times as I wrote the first draft to a book. But the more books I wrote, the […]

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Podcast Recording and Terry Brooks book signing

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I recorded a Podcast recording with Liam Gibbs yesterday (author of In a Galaxy Far Far Awry) and it went great. I feel like I learn a lot from every author I speak with. I’m excited to publish this episode in a couple of weeks. If you’re reading this and have written a couple of […]

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Let’s Make a Novel Entry #1

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Words this week: druthers, party, skiing Part 1: 0 – 500 words (or so)   “You’re always going on about your damn druthers! If I had my druthers I’d do this. If I had my druthers I’d do that. If I had my druthers everything would be just perfect! You sound like a child looking […]

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Writing is Hard Work

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I love writing and the blank page will probably never stop calling to me. But make no mistake, despite the fact that I enjoy it, it’s hard work. It’s tough to go to the blank space of a page every day and create or continue creating. There are so many things to consider every time […]

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Podcasting

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I thought I would put out the podcast episode I created. I recorded it a couple of weeks ago but thought twice about putting it out. Mainly because it’s tough to get authors to come on the show and talk, especially when I’m completely unknown in the creative writing field. The reason I’m pushing forward […]