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Pt. 3 Creating a B Story and Hitting a Meaningful Climax

This is the third part of the “Finding Balance in Storytelling” presentation originally given at Fyrecon 2, June 23rd at Weber State University Davis. Here are handy links to the other parts – Pt. 1 Why is too much action … Continue reading

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Pt. 2 Scene and Sequel

This is the second part of the “Finding Balance in Storytelling” presentation originally given at Fyrecon 2, June 23rd at Weber State University Davis. Here’s a handy link to part one – Pt. 1 Why is too much action boring? … Continue reading

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The Idea Notebook

Fellow writer friends of mine have talked about how ideas seem to attack them at random. It’s as if this happens constantly and if they don’t stop what they’re doing immediately, they will forget their bolt of inspiration and it … Continue reading

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Grammarland: Apostrophe

Contrary to most of English, the apostrophe is a fairly easy lesson.  It only has two uses – just two – and they are 99% consistent.  Because it’s so easy you’d think that you would rarely see errors.  WRONG. I … Continue reading

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Genre Talk: Steampunk

Goggles, gears and gadgets, watch work mechanisms and pneumatics, corsets and fancy hats. All these and more make up the steampunk genre. Traditionally, steampunk is centered around the beginnings of the industrial age.  Steampunk stories evoke feelings of wonder, discovery, … 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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Grammarland: Affect, Effect, and Affectation

  Despite the best intentions of english teachers everywhere, affect vs. effect still ends up on almost every single common grammar mistake list out there.  I should know, I mix them up nearly every time. The fact is, most normal … Continue reading

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Lighting the Fire for the New Year

It’s a new year and it’s filled with brand new possibilities.  For writers, that might include setting writing goals. I’ve found that writers tend to be incredibly artistic free-souled people. This often results in the complete inability to make realistic … Continue reading

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Writerly Quote – Holly Gerth

“Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little” – Holley Gerth When it comes to putting words on the page, finding the right ones that will engage the reader and make your story compelling … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Bring Your Writer Friends Joy

‘Tis the season to give and show gratitude, and for those of you with a writer in your life, now is the perfect time to make an extra effort to bring them joy.  Writers and creative people tend to lead … Continue reading

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