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5 Session Class: Novel Writing: Level 4 (Start Date)

Are you ready to take your novel writing skills to the next level? It is often said that, “Story Is Character.”  In this course, you will learn how to design dynamic protagonists, villains, mentors and sidekicks, and love interests – and how to handle unlikable characters and antiheroes.  Aspiring writers will…

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Musing

Writing the Things You Want to Read

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni MorrisonWith Free Chocolate coming out TOMORROW,  I’ve been thinking a lot about that quote.  If it wasn’t my series, The Chocoverse would still be…

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Musing, Writing Tips

A Writer Reads, Always

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde“I…

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Writing Tips

Back it up and keep it organized!

I just want to offer a quick public service announcement.Writers, is your work backed up somewhere?  If no: rectify that immediately.  I know you never think a computer crash is going to happen to you, but everyone thinks that until it happens to them.  Even new computers can have…

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Musing

Writer, Transform Thyself

I recently had a writer ask me which one of his many ideas he should follow up on.  There is no easy answer to that question, because it all depends on the writer’s motivation.  Is he wanting to know which one is the most marketable?  Well, I can’t…

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Literary Terms, Writing Tips

Well, Darlings, You’re Weighing Us Down . . .

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” – Stephen King (not the first person to say it, but perhaps the most ominous)It’s a common piece of advice to give to beginning writers, and it’s been attributed…

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Literary Terms, Uncategorized, Writing Tips

This Thing’s Important, Right?

One of my favorite books from the Children’s Lit classes I took in college was Treasure Island.  Stevenson stuck with me as an example I wanted to emulate, because nothing in that book is wasted.  Every piece of foreshadowing pays off, every bit of character development comes into play…

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Musing, Writing Tips

Oooh, look! A Mirror!

So this may get a little introspective, but I was thinking a bit today about self-awareness in fictional characters.  Too little, and your character feels cold and unlikable, too much and they feel whiney and overly sensitive.  Why is it such a delicate balance?Maybe some definitions would help…

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Writing Tips

Using Pinterest to Improve Your Writing

I’ll admit it.  I am a Pinterest addict, heading rapidly towards 10,000 pins.  I make some sort of Pinboard for every class I teach, and every project I plan – not to mention those I’ll probably never get around to.   While the most obvious thing for a writer…

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Writing Tips

Character Development and Development as a Writer

On Friday, we had a meeting with the new/returning  Work Study Employees for the kids/teen camps.  I asked them all to tell each other their majors.  When they’d gone around the room, one of them jokingly asked, “So what’s your major.”“Life,” I said.  And it…

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Writing Tips

Physical Description

So I thought I’d kick this off with a few of my favorite things. Bicycling into the sunset, a really good chocolate cupcake, The Princess Bride. Let’s focus for a moment on that last one.I’ve spent the morning putting together my PowerPoint for the character development…