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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? …

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 …

Talking About Queries

I’d like to talk a little bit about queries. A query letter is a letter (These days, it will almost certainly be an email, but check the guidelines) you would send to an agent that you think would be a good fit both for you (More on that later…) and your story. This will often …

Medical Info for your writing

Today I want to talk about medical facts and how they need to inform your writing. My day job is in the medical field, and often I answer questions from my CP or other Roaring Writers about medical facts in their fiction, and today I want to share a “greatest hits” of topics. When you …

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 …