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On Writing What You Know

“Write what you know” is one of those nebulous pieces of Writing Advice that everyone picks up along the way. It’s something that no one bothers to explain, because it seems such a simple concept–sort of like “show, don’t tell,” … Continue reading

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Protip: Yoga doesn’t cure writer’s block (which doesn’t really exist anyway)

What do werewolves and writer’s block have in common? Neither of them exist. That being said, I have been experiencing technical difficulties with my current project. It’s a good idea, has a solid backstory and setting, and, I think, is … Continue reading

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Retreat, Hell! or, On the Importance of Having Writer Friends

This weekend, I spent four days in a cabin in the woods with four other women, limited internet access, and no phone signal. IT WAS AWESOME. And here’s why I love NaNoWriMo so gosh-darn much: you meet like-minded people. I … Continue reading

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Getting Back on the [redacted] Horse

I got a rejection letter two weeks ago. Yay! Whatever, I get a lot of them. It’s part of the querying process, where you bare your soul and months’ (or years’, or whatever) worth of brain-melting, fingertip-blistering, sleep-depriving, dark-bag-forming, friend-losing, … Continue reading

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How I Learned to Write a Damn Book

A lot of you probably wonder why I fangirl so ridiculously hard on Jim Butcher all the time. A lot of you probably think that I have some kind of crazycatlady crush on the man–or maybe on Harry Dresden. You … Continue reading

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A letter from Camp NaNoWriMo

I have been lax, constant readers, because this month I have been participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. For those of you unfamiliar, National Novel Writing Month (hosted by the Office of Letters and Light) is a program I feel very strongly … Continue reading

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The Problem with Present Tense (in which I tacitly pimp Chuck Wendig’s BLACKBIRDS)

Let’s be clear: I do not encourage new writers to write in the present tense. It is, by and large, not for the faint of heart – and certainly not for the faint of grammar. Present tense works in one … Continue reading

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