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Happy Sunday Y’All. If you’re in my neck ‘O the woods, you’re buried under nearly a foot of snow with a layer of ice on top of it and you’ve got stuff to do that involves going outside… So I’m blogging instead*. Today I’d like to talk about something other than writing…Kind of. Every now …

Productivity planners for writers

Greetings all! The last thing I wanted to do today was write a blogpost on productivity. I tried to write about setting and character, but “productivity” kept popping up in my prose. So today, let’s talk about staying organized. Last year, I started a bullet journal. For those of you not in the know, a …

Strength Training

“It doesn’t get any easier. You just get stronger.” I could wax poetic about how January is about fresh starts, but there are so many different times and seasons that are referred to as the “new year” in their various contexts, that the only thing about the standard calendar is that it aligns with a …

Reflections on MLK Day

In a speech at Cornell College in October 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” I’m a medical drama junkie. I haven’t …

Podcasts 101

I’ll admit, deep in my jaded soul, to not being completely immune to the new year/new start thing. Fresh start, new possibilities, and all, right? In keeping with my half-baked New Year’s-ish goals, I’m been trying new things and reevaluating those that frustrated me in the past (Hello again, Scrivner). Like many of us, my …

Baby Steps to Giant Strides

This is it, y’all. The end of another year. It’s too soon for some, and not soon enough for others. To me, this year has felt very transformational. I’m in a completely different place today than I was on Dec. 31, 2016. And I mean that in so many ways. I’ve got a new day …

The Ones You Love to Hate

That’s right. This week I’m talking about ~those~ characters. The agents of chaos and change that cause so many problems for your Main Character. Those folk that leave destruction, heartache, and growth in their wake. Villains. What is it that makes a good villain? What combination of traits and personalities, thoughts and deeds swirl together …

Writers’ Toolbox: Prompt Writing to Get Your Story Started

“You have to start somewhere to get somewhere good.” I often hear people say they can’t imagine writing because they don’t know how to think up stories. When I started attending speculative fiction conventions again in 2012, I participated in Allen Wold’s introductory workshop, and it set me on fire. Figuratively. Allen’s approach is simple: …

The Answers Lie Within, part 2: Guided Inspiration

Last time it was my turn to share a post, I talked about how to use the story to help figure itself out, especially when dealing with elusive endings. This time, I want to focus on one tool that I find particularly useful for plot problems: Story Readings. I’ve been reading the Tarot for two …