Category Archives: The Process of Writing

The Classifieds (Games Writers Play)

Every story has a goal. That’s what makes it a story. If you write a story where nothing happens and the characters don’t do anything, there’s not really a story there Many stories have MacGuffins/McGuffins. Per our friends at the … Continue reading

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Out of Order (Writing Quick Tip)

Having problems writing? Finding yourself stuck on a particular section? Then think about writing your article or book out of order. If you have a beginning, end and route to get from one to the other in mind, you may … Continue reading

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Online Dating (Games Writers Play)

Does your main character have no character to speak of? Do your supporting characters lack personality? Then try signing your characters up for an online dating service… Not literally, of course; but sit down with a blank page and try … Continue reading

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Recycle (Writing Quick Tip)

Done a lot of research or given a lot of thought to something you’ve written on a particular topic? Think about are there ways that you can use that thought or research to support multiple writing projects. As an example, … Continue reading

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How Not To Write a Novel

Here’s a great article by James Scott Bell about things to avoid when creating a novel. 7 Things That Will Doom Your Novel (and How to Avoid Them) Catherine Kane 3/2/17 For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, … Continue reading

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Read For Flavor (Writing Quick Tip)

Different genres have different patterns of storytelling. Different ways of saying things. Different types of story arcs. Trying to write something but having a problem getting started or keeping the words flowing once you have started? Try taking a break … Continue reading

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Ducks In a Row (Writing Quick Tip)

Got a topic you’re trying to write about but having a hard time pulling it together? Try this outline technique Start by making a rough outline with the different areas you want your writing to cover. Under each point, write … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Make a Laundry List

Sometimes I write like a maniac. The words flow out of the keys and pile up on page like shoppers at a sale Sometimes I don’t But whenever I have one of these “writer on fire” attacks, there’s always work … Continue reading

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Time Travel (Games Writers Play)

Are you stuck? Have you written yourself into a corner? Just can’t figure out where your story is going? Why not try time traveling to get your story going again? Settle yourself comfortably in a place and time where you … Continue reading

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Blustery Weekend on the Way…

In my part of the world, there’s a cold and weather-y weekend on the way. Sub-zero temperatures Friday. Mixed snow and rain with accumulations on Saturday. And slightly warmer but still chilly rain on Sunday Sounds like a great weekend … Continue reading

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