Category Archives: Writing Exercise

Pt. 3 Using Personal Experience and Applying What You’ve Learned

This is part three of the “Gut Punch your Audience with Emotion” presentation originally given at Fyrecon 2, June 23rd at Weber State University Davis. Here are handy links to the first two parts: Pt 1 Visceral Experiences and Creating … Continue reading

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Pt 3 Creating Fictional Rites and Rituals

The debut of this presentation is scheduled for Saturday, April 14th at the League of Utah Writers 2018 Spring Conference. This is the third part in the three-part series “Creating Fictional Rites and Rituals.” Here are handy links to the other … Continue reading

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Writing Exercise: Try Resetting Your Setting

Sometimes scenes refuse to come together.  They are missing that element that makes them special and feel downright boring. Sometimes the characters or plot are to blame, if the conflict isn’t driving them toward a goal then you have a … Continue reading

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Writing Exercise: Active Idea Search

We hear it over and over, editors are searching for unique ideas and stories they haven’t read before. That’s the tough part, because it seems that most all stories have been told already. Or have they? Finding a new idea … Continue reading

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Writing Exercise: Change it up

Ever feel uninspired and stuck and the task of writing is no longer a pleasure but a chore?  This exercise is just for you. This is it: Go somewhere new to write That’s it.  That’s all there is.  We are … Continue reading

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Writing the Iceberg

  There’s a meme floating around the writing world that shows a picture of an iceberg.  It labels the top part, “The Movie” and the bottom part, “The Book.” Icebergs, and indeed all ice, share the phenomenon where most of … Continue reading

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Seven Point Story Structure, the Ninja of the Writing World

I had the chance to tune in to Dan Wells series of YouTube videos on seven point story structure and learned a lot about the finer points of its ins and outs.  It really is the ninja of the writing … Continue reading

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Scene and Sequel – I finally get it!

I’ve heard the terms scene and sequel used together for the past few years and to be honest until recently I’ve been super confused about them.  I knew what a scene was, it’s that thing that happens in one place … Continue reading

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DP Challenge: Collecting Detail

This week the Daily Post Challenge caught my interest.  The prompt is to focus on the details and find three “glimmers of a beginning” to work into a paragraph.  Writers are urged to seek out the tiny details that might … Continue reading

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5 Cool Places to Find Writing Inspiration Online

This last week I finally finished the second draft of my book and am now taking a much needed break away from that story.  After a few weeks I’ll have the perspective I need to be able to edit and … Continue reading

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