Category Archives: story telling

NaNoWriMo anyone?

If you have writing friends, you may have heard a fairly mysterious word in recent weeks. You may have heard about preparing for it, dreaming about it and fretting about it. NaNo. No, it’s not about the unit of measurement … Continue reading

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Tapping for Inspiration

I’ve said it several times: I’m a pantser, even if I have a good idea of the main structure of a story. But knowing a chapter is to be about a hunt, for example, doesn’t mean I know every detail … Continue reading

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That Dreadful Blank Page

There’s that blank page. Or the empty file. That thing you want to, have to, are supposed to turn into a story. And you have no idea how to begin. Your mind goes blank, all that old doubt comes creeping … Continue reading

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Argh! That Review!

It happens to every author. That review where you feel massively misunderstood. That review which makes you feel unappreciated and wrongly judged. That one that makes you want to kill someone. It doesn’t even have to be a 1-star one. … Continue reading

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Three Ways of Regaining your Writing Mojo

It happens to every writer: Losing the mojo. Staring at the file, and not being able to open it. Or opening it, and the words don’t come. Lying in bed awake with dialog in your head, but it’s all gone … Continue reading

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Three Elements that Make a Character Irresistible

The one thing that draws readers into a story is a character they can relate to. A character that makes them care. A character that the readers want to succeed. An irresistible character. But how can I create such a … Continue reading

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Write What you Like

When Rita Mae Brown was snowed in one winter, with no electricity, and nothing that she really wanted to read in her home, this happened: Still, I wanted something to read to escape my troubles […] Travel was impossible for … Continue reading

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The Plot and the Hero

The other day I read a book that I had waited to read. It was part of a series, and it was long in coming. I set aside an evening, got some beer and chips, and settled in for a … Continue reading

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The Three Levels of Editing

Everyone knows we should have an editor before publishing our stories. Publishers give manuscripts to editors, and self-publishers search out and pay editors. And that makes sense. It’s always good to have more than just the writer’s eyes on the … Continue reading

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Story Fatigue

You started out loving this story, the characters, and the world but then it went all downhill. The characters are only bickering and navel-gazing, they refuse to meet your eye, and quite frankly, you don’t even want to visit that … Continue reading

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