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Fantastic Ideas and Where to Find Them

Every writer who has ever accomplished anything is asked the same question by some fan at some event (or just online, since access is instant these days): Where do your ideas come from? (I have also been asked this, but … Continue reading

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Planning a Short Story: Case Study of ‘Wrong Side of the Bed’

In my time at the Geek Mart, I’ve produced 15 booklets, each with a short story in them similar in style to Wrong Side of the Bed and I’m often asked two things: 1. ‘Did you write all of these?’ (usually by … Continue reading

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How to Write a Haiku

A few years ago, I picked up the habit of writing haiku as a warm up exercise. This was especially useful when I was writing Balor Reborn, because I was trying to write and publish the book in a week. (Spoiler … Continue reading

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6000 Words a Day

I registered for Camp NaNoWriMo this year. That was a mistake. For those who don’t know about it, it’s essentially a set-your-own-target version of National Novel Writing Month. Decide how much you want to write, enter the goal, enter a … Continue reading

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New Year, New Promises

We’re a couple of weeks away from Christmas, and so inevitably I’m starting to think about the New Year. Specifically, New Years Resolutions. I’m a bit of a stickler for setting them. I always have great intentions. January, I think, … Continue reading

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Beating Writer’s Block: Brainstorm

If you find yourself facing Writer’s Block, there’s one simple solution that always comes in handy: brainstorming. This exercise is a common practice among writers, though usually it’s done at the beginning of a project. We’re going to use it … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Day 8: How to Survive the Next Three Weeks

When I first attempted NaNoWriMo, way back in 2008, I had never written so much in so little time. I was seventeen years old, in the middle of my final year of school, and I had only ever completed one … Continue reading

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