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Stream-of-consciousness: Writing exercise or therapy?

When I was in high school, we suffered through, ahem, read James Joyce’s Ulysses. I said in class that I felt like if I read it with one eye shut, it began to make a certain amount of sense. Which, surprisingly, excited my teacher no end, because, she said, that was exactly the point! What? …

Know thyself

Hello all! I hope everyone is enjoying the last dregs of summer. This time of year is hard for me, productivity-wise. I think I have extra time, as family commitments decrease and the days are longer, but in reality, I love to sit and think about what to write, but don’t actually get around to …

Changing it Up

Unless you’ve been able to successfully create a writing routine and habits to support it, focus and productivity can be a challenge. (For me, at least, but I know I’m not alone here.) Even very valid reasons can turn into excuses for not getting anything done. Yet when the golden moment comes where time is …

I Hear Voices

I discovered The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman when it had reached issue 33. I’d never read anything like it, and from the moment I finished “The Sound of Her Wings” (Issue 8), I was a complete Gaiman fangirl. I even got Gaiman’s autograph when he did a signing in Gaithersburg. Autographs had never much …

Guest Post by Lucienne Diver

Lucienne Diver’s FANGDEMONIUM Blog Tour! Happy Book Birthday Lucienne Diver! Her Vamped series is completed today with the release of Fangdemonium! I’ve asked her to join us to discuss how it is to write YA and keep up with the trends  –Mindy   I’ve written a young adult series (Vamped) and an adult series (Latter-day …

How to Get Your Butt in the Chair

A few weeks ago, we here at The Million Words met for our yearly writing retreat. It’s a fabulous affair where we are able to meet in person, have our work viewed by some of the well established writers that have taken us under their wings, and motivate each other to work harder, better, faster, …

You Built It…Use It

Maybe you’ve heard this before, or maybe you haven’t yet, but you will.* When talking about worldbuilding, there is often a comparison made between the world you’ve built… and an iceberg. What you see on the surface, what you present to your reader, is (wait for it…) just the tip of the iceberg. The rest …

Exploding the small moments

One of my daughter’s earliest writing lessons was about “exploding the small moments.” And lest you scoff at a grade school writing lesson, it is one of the foundations of strong writing, so best learned early. Using your narrator’s voice, or your character’s POV, describe what the character does, says, thinks, feels, sees, and hears. Rather than …