Late-Week Motivation

Being a great writer isn’t easy.  Nobody, except our ten-year-old selves, ever said it was. Improving our writing is something a lot of us work on all the time, and it’s something that I think comes in two parts.  Two parts that I’ve written about before, and will write about again.  Two parts called study and practice, thought and application, reading and writing. […]

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What’s Missing From The Forest?

Comparison: In writing – an analogy, simile, or metaphor. “The trees were tall and dark, covered with twisting branches that reached for the dirt floor below.  A hundred shadows danced and shifted in the underbrush that marked both edges the path.  The air was warm and smelled heavy, like a spring night just before a storm.  Overhead, […]

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Sundays in the Fall

It’s almost the middle of September, and for a lot of us that doesn’t mean very much.  The weather is cooling off, there are a ton of holidays coming up, football is back, and for the most part our jobs and lives go on as usual.  Soon the leaves will change colors, and halfway home from […]

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How to Write Well

Do you want to know what happens next?  Do you love looking up from a book and realizing you’re one hundred pages in and haven’t blinked?  Holy shit, is it tomorrow already? Here is the fifth and final post of a five part series on simple (but maybe not so obvious) tips to make our […]

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The Truth About Backstory

Do you know what your one defining moment was?  Do you even have just one?  How old were you when you figured out what you wanted to do with your life?  Do you even know what you want to do with your life?  Do you remember what you did in kindergarten? I know that I don’t. […]

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Messages and Questions

What are you trying to tell the readers of your stories?  What are you trying to ask them? There are plenty of answers to these two questions, but up until a couple of years ago I never had a good one, no matter what I was writing.  It always ended up being something along the lines of, […]

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