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Beyond the Draft

Here I go again, advocating for revising where, experience has taught me, most of the magic happens. In fact, I use the word editing less often these days because people more often associate that with looking for typos and poor … Continue reading

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Catching-up to My Subconscious

Alas, yes, this is another story about me stumbling and bumbling my way only to realize what I should have known in the first place. I should probably think of myself as the little whirlwind who could. I get things … Continue reading

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The Immeasurable Value of the Companion Creature

The most difficult part about writing this blog post has been keeping it beneath an insane length. I wanted a little fun this week and nothing is more fun than animal companions (sidekicks), especially in fantasy where you can really … Continue reading

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The Moment When I Saved a Novel

I write otherworld fantasy with spells and potions and this month I’m beginning to wonder if I’m under a spell. A good spell. One where the fragmented pieces of my writing begin to come together. Oh how unexpected! Oh how … Continue reading

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Finishing a Series

My inclination is to always follow inspiration. My philosophy when it comes to abiding that belief is to always weigh whether my inspiration will serve my creative purpose in the long term. That doesn’t mean I can’t lie to myself, … Continue reading

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Writing What’s Most Important

Instead of drafting this post on Tuesday, I drafted it on Saturday. I needed the variety of tasks that day while riding out the aftermath of my second dose of vaccine. I received it late Friday morning and only suffered … Continue reading

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Fixing a Timeline

Sometimes, instead of thinking outside the box, I have to find an old box to think in. My primary project at the moment is editing Riparia’s Bk3. I love the story, but I’m not sure I’ve written anything quite so … Continue reading

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The Year of Fear that Became Creative Redemption

This is about my ongoing Covid-19 lockdown, but it’s also about writing. Oh, but that’s just the beginning because, in the end, it’s about my writing salvation. At the moment the walls were closing in I found purpose. How ironic … Continue reading

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The Major Shift Point

Ah, middles. No, not mine. I really don’t want to talk about my waistline. I’m talking story middles. You know, that place where, if you aren’t careful, the story becomes a wasteland. After all, from the 1st Plot Point to … Continue reading

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A Moment of Creative Spark

Plot origins, where do they come from? The sparks that are mine come from a multitude of sources. They’re also elusive after the fact, dreams lost after waking if I don’t hold tight to them. That’s especially true of my … Continue reading

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