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Don’t just ride the rollercoaster–Pay attention to how it makes you feel!

Many writers focus on sight, and maybe sound, but they often neglect smell, taste, and touch, for instance. And we often do not deeply explore emotions and the physical impact they can have on our bodies. At one Roaring Writers Retreat, our mentor gave us this exercise: write a paragraph with every physical sense in it. …

I love deadlines…

I had this hand-written on a post-it note on my desk for an embarrassingly long time before I realized it was that Douglas Adams. So long and thanks for all the fish Douglas Adams. The secret is to bang the rocks together guys Douglas Adams. The impenetrable SEP field (“Someone Else’s Problem”) Douglas Adams. The …

The Crucible

I didn’t want to write this post. I really didn’t. But the Million Words is about learning to write well and our collective journey as authors through the wilds of the publishing industry, and I just experienced a major milestone that most, if not all, of my fellow Million Word contributors have already encountered. A …

Tree rings and an abacus

Gentle reader, I am here today to discuss the theory that in order to be a “good” writer, you must first write one million words. James Gleick suggests in his newest book Time Travel, that art and creativity are the only real time travel we know. If you want the best idea of where a …