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NaNoPrep: How to Beat Writer’s Block

NaNoWriMo has one goal: write a lot of words. It’s an issue, then, when we forget how to write. It’s a thing every writer goes through at some point, when the words don’t flow and you’re left staring at a … Continue reading

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NaNo Prep: Write-In to Write More

Every year, the good folks at NaNoWriMo put together The Night of Writing Dangerously, a write-in in San Francisco. For most of us, that’s both too far away and too expensive to participate in. Not to be discouraged, the Dublin … Continue reading

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NaNo Prep: Creating Characters

Some people begin with a novel by defining their plot. Others start with the protagonist. I have a tendency to fixate on one or the other while I’m creating an idea for a story. In my last short story, the … Continue reading

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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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