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How Do You Deal With Writer’s Block?

First, I think writer’s block comes from so many places. The mental block that we unintentionally place in our mind that keeps the words from coming is placed there by something individual to so many of us. I think each… Continue Reading →

What’s Your Advice for Aspiring Writers?

I answered this question over on Goodreads, and thought I would share it here as well. What is Your Advice for Aspiring Writers? This one is going to seem kind of obvious, but the best advice I can give is… Continue Reading →

A Rose By Any Other Name… Would still smell like bathroom spray

Names are pretty damn important, wouldn’t you say? Just ask the little girl from Neverending Story   What’s in a Name? Oh! Oh! This is where I get to quote Shakespeare. What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot, Nor… Continue Reading →

Writing Exercise 4 – 3 Minute Focused Free Writing

Hey guys! Have you been writing this week? No worries if you haven’t been, it takes time to figure out where to carve out all the little minutes for writing. But if you have been writing, good for you! The… Continue Reading →

Writing Exercise 3 – Ten Minute Stream of Consciousness

Change this week! Up till now this had been a vlog attempt with the writing exercises. Turns out, I don’t have the right kind of personality for vlogging, and I’m glad I’ve figured this out early on instead of shoveling… Continue Reading →

How I Draft

The problem with pantsing. Is there? Really a problem with pantsing? Writers sure get told at every corner there is a problem with pantsing, don’t we? But then, we’re told there is a problem with outlining and plotting as well…. Continue Reading →

List of Words and Phrases for Stream of Consciousness Exercises

Feel free to use any of these to start your own stream of consciousness writing exercise basket!       This is a great starter list, but add any words or phrases you can think of. Butterflies Pencils Rabbits New… Continue Reading →

Vlog Writing Exercise 2 – 5 Minute Stream of Consciousness

  Hey guys! How’d you do on last week’s writing exercise? Do you see why I say those Stream of Consciousness exercises, also known as free writing, are both the easiest and hardest writing exercises? It’s all word vomit! As… Continue Reading →

Should I Use Swear Words in My Writing

If you’ve ever met me in real life, you know I swear. A shit ton. Some of my combinations of cuss words are so poetic and intricately combined together, you’d swear I made up a new language. I’d share some… Continue Reading →

Retrace your Footsteps – Where did my plot go WRONG? Writing Tips

  Margaret Atwood said, “Don’t sit down in the middle of the woods. If you’re lost in the plot or blocked, retrace your steps to where you went wrong. Then take the other road. And/or change the person. Change the… Continue Reading →

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