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Your To-Do List

Make something today.

It doesn’t matter what it is, or what inspires it, or how good it is. It doesn’t matter if you pour your soul into it or just doodle while you’re bingeing Friends on Netflix. It doesn’t matter if you have any talent or if it looks like it was done by a drunk third grader.

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Characters, Writing

Writers Weekend: Back to Schoolish

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Welcome to Writers Weekend, your virtual getaway dedicated to all things writing! Join a community of writers as we share our struggles, triumphs, and most of all, our love of the craft. Once a month I’ll post a prompt, whether it’s a list of questions or an open ended inquiry or just a random writing exercise. Write your post, add your link in a comment, and then check out and comment on a few of the other links! You can grab the blog button below (or the banner above!), but please link back.

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The Well, Writing

The Best Books on Writing

Are there any books regarding creative writing or the writing process that you personally recommend, and if so, why?

— Galen

To be honest, I don’t read a ton of books on craft. I go back and forth between thinking they’re a waste of time that I could be using to write and thinking that I already know most of what’s going to be in there. I have run across a few books that I’ve enjoyed and/or found helpful, so I’ll share those, plus a list of books I’d recommend in addition to process books. Continue reading “The Best Books on Writing”

Writing

You’re Saying More Than You Think You Are

This is not about body language.

It has nothing to do with tone of voice or eye contact or facial expressions.

This is about the unconscious linguistic associations that people will make while reading your writing, and why ignoring things like etymology and prosody makes you a really bad writer.

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World Building, Writing

Writers Weekend: Religion

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Welcome to Writers Weekend, your virtual getaway dedicated to all things writing! Join a community of writers as we share our struggles, triumphs, and most of all, our love of the craft. Every other week I’ll post a prompt, whether it’s a list of questions or an open ended inquiry or just a random writing exercise. Write your post, add your link in a comment, and then check out and comment on a few of the other links! You can grab the blog button below (or the banner above!), but please link back.
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Writing

5 Things to Blog About When You’re Not Feeling It

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As I sat and pondered and wondered and stressed about what I should blog about—because it’s been weeks since I actually had a blog post that wasn’t part of Writers Weekend—I was coming up with nothing but frustration. I reached out to friends, I asked on social media, I went through my ever changing list of things that I want to write about someday, and still nothing. So, like a runner with a broken toe, I decided to write through the pain. Make it work for me. Take that, writer’s block. Continue reading “5 Things to Blog About When You’re Not Feeling It”

Writing

Writers Weekend: Annoying Characters

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Welcome to Writers Weekend, your virtual getaway dedicated to all things writing! Join a community of writers as we share our struggles, triumphs, and most of all, our love of the craft. Every other week I’ll post a prompt, whether it’s a list of questions or an open ended inquiry or just a random writing exercise. Write your post, add your link in a comment, and then check out and comment on a few of the other links! You can grab the blog button below (or the banner above!), but please link back.
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Characters, Writing

Writers Weekend: Quirky Characters

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This writers weekend is all about characters. Specifically, their quirks and habits. Since I couldn’t pick just one character to focus on, I’m stealing the idea Kelly @ A Pre-Prosed Adventure had, and hosting an interview with six of my main characters in my fantasy novel. Meet Atlas, Eliza, Aryn, Tali, Twyla, and Jess. Continue reading “Writers Weekend: Quirky Characters”