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Recipe

Recipe

Decorate with dashes of color, sparkles and swirls of wit, insight, and sweeps of emotion.

7 of Pentacles

7 of Pentacles

Harvest-time is near, yet still they seed and plant…

The Zero And The One

The Zero And The One

If you’re of a certain age, you’ve probably had a Disparaging SomeOne at school, intending to hurt, call you a Zero…

Scene Structure: Proactive and Reactive

Scene Structure: Proactive and Reactive

Photo by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash Unless you’re working on microfiction, flash fiction, or very short stories, your plots will almost always require you to write multiple scenes. When I say ‘scene’, I’m talking about a specific segment of a larger story that contains its own miniature story arc. Scenes can flow one into the other or be…

Collaboration: No one Writes in a Vacuum

Collaboration: No one Writes in a Vacuum

Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash Maybe you live alone in a log cabin atop the Bighorn Mountains in snowy Montana. You use an old Smith-Corona Classic 12 typewriter to bang out the great American novel, slip your pages into an envelope, and saddle up the horse for the forty-mile trek to the nearest post office to send…

Sentence Differentiation

Sentence Differentiation

Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash I live in the heart of a medieval Dutch city and everything in my neighborhood is made of bricks: the cathedrals and cafes, the old houses and the new houses, the streets, parking lots, bike paths, garden walls. Everything. But if you’re picturing some red-brown dystopia of uniform cubic edifices—like a city…

Tools, Habits, & Motivation

Tools, Habits, & Motivation

Photo by Todd Quackenbush on Unsplash Your writing space is set up. You’ve got your fluffy socks on. Your mug is full of steamy tea. You’re ready to go. Now what? What software tools will you use to get started? Which habits should you try to form to keep up with your writing goals? How will you motivate…

How, When, and Where do You Write?

How, When, and Where do You Write?

Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash There is no one correct way to write a story. Great fiction has been written in million dollar offices on fancy computers, in fast food restaurants on notebooks, on iPhones in the subway, on a roll of prison toilet paper. As long as you have a writing tool and a bit of…

An Ending with Consequence

An Ending with Consequence

Photo by nikko macaspac on Unsplash Nothing beats a really satisfying ending. Nail your ending and the reader will shut your book with a smile on their face and an eagerness to find out what else you’ve written. But execute your ending poorly and you’ll leave them with a sour taste in their mouth and earn yourself unflattering…