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Original Writing, Uncategorized

I’m Not a Poet. But I Should Care About These Things.

It's been eleven weeks. Even two fainting spells today couldn't keep me down. || I'm Not a Poet

Uncategorized, Writing Advice

Writing Personal Themes

THEME. THEME. THEME. What is a theme, really? And could it be even more important than a plot? It sounds a bit high-concept at times, but when you strip it down to brass tacks, the notion of putting Theme into your writing is just like buying all the Tiki torches, grass skirts, and fruity cocktails… Continue reading Writing Personal Themes

Supporting Your Writing Life, Uncategorized

5 Benefits of Reading Outside of Your Preferred Genre

Hey, did anyone else notice I missed Thursday’s post…? It is now Sunday evening, 11pm (the “Golden Hour” for a lot of Creatives out there,) and I've only just realized I’d completely forgotten about it. Totally blew it off. Never even bothered to jot down a scribble. Dang! I'll tell you something. I am a… Continue reading 5 Benefits of Reading Outside of Your Preferred Genre

POV, Uncategorized, Writing Advice

Crafting 100 Unique Characters (the 3-trait method)

Hi. My name is RJ. I have an addiction to character creation. With over 200 characters in my Big Book of Imaginary People (yes, I do have a real notebook like that,) you can say I might have a problem. Create Quickly When you’re in the first stage of creating a cast for your novel,… Continue reading Crafting 100 Unique Characters (the 3-trait method)

Supporting Your Writing Life, Uncategorized

Writing Resources Pt. 2: The Mechanics

Hi there, everybody. Today is another list post! Last week I shared with you my favorite resources for honing your skills in the craft of storytelling; today you will see some of those same books here, but I have gathered up some additional resources I used to teach myself the mechanics of writing and editing.… Continue reading Writing Resources Pt. 2: The Mechanics

Uncategorized, Writing Advice

Writing the Weather Pt. 2: Descriptive Words & Phrases

Hi, all. Last Thursday we touched on bringing the weather to life in your stories. As promised, today I have put together a few lists of words, phrases, and actions to help you describe the weather in your stories. This is by no means a complete list, and so I hope as you read through… Continue reading Writing the Weather Pt. 2: Descriptive Words & Phrases

Uncategorized, Writing Advice

Writing the Weather

The weather can be more than a plot device to inconvenience your characters; it can also affect the mood of a scene, provide geographical hints, and show the steady (or shortened) progression of time. So why do so many writers neglect moody, expressive weather? Is it because we feel limited to Raining, Sunny, and Windy?… Continue reading Writing the Weather

Supporting Your Writing Life, Uncategorized

10 Things to Do When You Aren’t Writing

Hey, guys! Hope your Summer has been enjoyable, inspiring, and productive. During Camp NaNo, one of my biggest struggles was to keep myself interested in my WIP. My plot changed a hundred times. My characters switched personalities. But I knew that deep down at the core of it all, I still had a fantastic story… Continue reading 10 Things to Do When You Aren’t Writing

Supporting Your Writing Life, Uncategorized, Writing Advice

Plotting is Very Useful (yet sometimes pointless.)

Camp Nano is OVER! *wipes sweat from brow* The past four weeks have been a whirlwind of discovery for me as a writer (and creative person as a whole,) and over the next month, I intend to share with you some nuggets I've unearthed along the way. If you read my last post, you’ll know… Continue reading Plotting is Very Useful (yet sometimes pointless.)

Supporting Your Writing Life, Uncategorized, Writing Advice

How To Start A Project (before you know plot, POV, or characters’ personalities)

Day 6 of Camp NaNoWriMo My writing sucks. The characters aren't behaving like themselves. My prose is flat, unimaginative, but worst of all? I can't figure out whose eyes I want the reader to see through. We've all been there. You've heard me say it before and I will say it again—perfectionism is a plague… Continue reading How To Start A Project (before you know plot, POV, or characters’ personalities)