Monthly Archives: July 2014

Random Recommendations

You can tell I’m not fully sure what to post today… so I’m going to list a few random recommendations for things. I already recommended Pinterest on Monday, so I figured I’d add some other things that, if you’re bored, … Continue reading

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Fostering Unpredictability

Similar to unoriginality, there is a certain amount of automatic backlash when something is predictable. This is mostly critical backlash, as opposed to mainstream backlash, as predictable stories like romances and action films can still be hugely successful. But someone, … Continue reading

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Embracing Unoriginality

There are two main things that got me to actually finish a draft. One was episodic structure (more on that… sometime). And the second was embracing unoriginality. There’s something very intrinsic-feeling about our reactions to unoriginality. Praise for a new … Continue reading

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The Pluses of Pinterest

Pinterest  has become a bit of a new fad in “social media”–although I hesitate to use the term, because I think you can use it without a bit of social interaction. It’s a website of images, often attached to links which … Continue reading

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Planning Ahead

[I’m going to start posting only on weekdays—I need the weekends to write. 🙂 ] For the commitment-challenged, there may be nothing more intimidating than planning a series. It can also be great fun, and for those of us who enjoy … Continue reading

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The Two Writing Skillsets

I find a lot of comfort in the idea of a writer’s growth into skill. I believe that if you write frequently, practice, never give up, and try new things, you will eventually attain the skill you are meant to … Continue reading

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Is It Ever Okay to Let Go?

Almost everything you hear from writing advice (my own included) is: just write. Don’t think. Don’t look back. Fight the doubt. Word vomit. Chained to the desk. Just stick with it. Don’t give up. And I would say, for the … Continue reading

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Blog Award Nomination

Hello all! I am extremely honored to have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by thepaperbutterfly!   Thank you SO much for the nomination, and I encourage you all to check out her blog! As part of the … Continue reading

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The Friendzone and The Hunchback of Notre Dame

[I posted this on Tumblr, where it was promptly ignored, so I figured I’d put it here to be ignored as well. Just some random thoughts I had…] So, on a whim, I watched the Disney movie The Hunchback of … Continue reading

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The Three Types of Drafting Doubt–And How to Fight Them

It’s a little premature to say I’ve mastered my doubt. Unfortunately, one finished first draft does not a career make. But the mental transition I’ve made in the last month has at least given me the confidence that I can … Continue reading

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