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The Novel Scan

I share my flexible processes to give others a glimpse into other approaches. They can then steal what might work for them or ignore what I do. Who knows, what I do might spark inspiration on their part. Adopting pieces … Continue reading

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Anxiety Management Through a Cancer Scare

For someone who suffers from anxiety and can’t take medications for it, this last week was a long week, an extraordinary test of the coping strategies I’ve been employing since 2020. My cancer scare was thankfully no more than that, … Continue reading

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Top 5 Reasons This Fiction Writer Pens Poetry

For me, poetry is an integral part of my life and my fiction writing life. It began, like for many, when I was a teen. I think I was about fifteen, so about the same time I started writing fiction, … Continue reading

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My First Ever Mood Board

It’s astounding, really, that I’ve never created a mood board before, what with all the novels I’ve drafted. I’ve collected pictures, and I love having pictures for inspiration, but an actual mood board has never happened. Well, it’s happened now … Continue reading

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Layering Threats

When it comes to conflict, obstacles, and tension, I like to sometimes examine my stories from the point-of-view of my protagonist. Thus, I’m using the term threats here. When I refer to layers, I’m talking about an array of issues, … Continue reading

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Sketching a Functional City Map for Orientation and Reference

The city map. I can’t believe I’ve never focused on this topic before because the city map, or any one for a small area, is probably the most useful. World maps are glorious and epic, but for the writer, theres’ … Continue reading

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In Search of My Targeted Editing Plan

My editing plan, to this point, has been haphazard beyond the initial edit or two. That means I need a plan, but I don’t want a rigid system. When I scrapped a system for an organized, but flexible and evolving, … Continue reading

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Don’t be Held Hostage, Be Aware

Actually, the full line is, “Don’t be held hostage by your past.” At the moment, I’m struggling, but I also know I’ll prevail because I’m aware and have a plan. That knowledge is my advantage over what spring causes. Yes, … Continue reading

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Conflict Via the Character Known as Setting

Describing setting is often a struggle for me, yet I recognize its importance as a character. That’s why, when I developed the island nation of Pannulus, I focused on worldbuilding that’d create worthy settings. There’s no finer example than Cape … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Writing Room: Avoidance

It wasn’t my conscious intention at the outset to draft the writing elephant in the room, but that was what I did. Case of the Deadly Stroll was, on the surface, a fantasy noir mystery. A layer down, it was … Continue reading

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