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Big Picture vs. Little Details

First, you should know that I’m extremely easy going in almost every way. I’m not a picky eater, I’m happy with whatever temperature you like on the thermostat, and I enjoy movies for what they are. (If it’s a smart … Continue reading

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Love and Words

Happy Valentine’s Day! Or, for those of you who object to an arbitrary holiday fabricated by a corporation for the purpose of selling cardstock at ridiculous profit margins, I wish you a dour Singles Awareness Day (SAD). Yeah, Valentine’s Day … Continue reading

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Start with a Bang, End with a Bigger Bang

Sometimes my writing students ask how to end their stories. I give them my best piece of writing advice: start with an explosion and end with a bigger explosion. I know it sounds a bit facetious, especially because the “explosion” … Continue reading

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When the Wolf Comes

Let me tell you about my disastrous December. One of my uncles died after a long, painful battle with cancer—the passing was a welcomed relief to him. Another uncle went to the hospital with sepsis following a surgery. A sister … Continue reading

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Think like a Writer

In my last post, I made an argument for including creative writing in school curricula. Here’s another advantage: everybody, regardless of their profession, can benefit from thinking like a writer. I’m not saying that all students should aim to become … Continue reading

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Why We Need Creative Writing

With each passing year, greater numbers of students arrive at Day One of my high school writing classes already questioning the value of what we do. Even in the honors classes, I’ve noticed a growing trend of students seemingly waiting … Continue reading

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Progress and Regress on Mad Science Sequel

Several months ago, I completed the Mad Science Institute sequel. Then I decided to scrap it and start over. The bottom line is that I’ve now completed a superior version, with the big change being that it features only Soap’s … Continue reading

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Increase Your Productivity by Murdering Dandelions

This isn’t one of those posts where gardening is used as a metaphor for the writing process. Not that there’s anything wrong with those kinds of posts. I may not be much of a gardener, but even I can see … Continue reading

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Why writers should be riders

All writers have a “space” in which their ideas flow more freely. For some, it’s a coffee shop or a park bench. For me, it’s a public bus. There’s something about the motion, or the white-noise of the engine, or … Continue reading

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The Key to Story Pacing

On Siege Tower Games blog today I wrote some words about techniques for great story pacing. Read more about the keys to story pacing. Here’s how it starts: Anyone who’s ever rolled dice behind a GM screen or read an … Continue reading

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