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The challenge: Write 50,000 words in the month of November.
The real goal: An exploration in time management, in the writing process, and in the changes that come with community, accountability, goals, and motivation. For solitary writers, it’s a way to experience a whole new way of writing.
Some websites that present consistently awesome poetry based on current events (per the conference speaker).
I’m at the Florida Writers Conference and I’m scooping up lots of book recommendations, new contacts, and a few pages of notes. First up, some rules on collaboration. Don’t choose a diva partner. Choose someone at the same level as you. There cannot be an imbalance of power. Put it in writing. Who makes decisions?Continue reading “Tips for Collaborating on Stories”
I’ve completed about a third of the lessons in R. L. Stine’s MasterClass and I’m loving it. Here are a few of my take-always so far. Writing doesn’t have to be hard and stop listening to the people who say it does. Spend the difficult hours on the outline so the writing time is fun.Continue reading “Takeaways From R. L. Stine’s MasterClass”
He had much to say on storytelling, inspiration, and technique. But the primary takeaway for me was a very simple one.
Realistic injuries force characters to: deal with pain, deal with limitations, seek creative alternate solutions, deal with consequences
We waste time asking for permission to do something that we don’t need permission to do.
Authors are interviewed on podcasts all the time, and nearly every episode includes at least one book recommendation. Once in awhile, I hear the same recommendation over and over. Here are three recurring recommendations from The Creative Penn podcast.
The difference between quality memoir and self-indulgence