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Once Upon A Dream: My Story

A restlessness built within her when she found herself without a notebook in hand, for in those moment the portals were permanently closed and she feared she would never find her way inside again

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How To Become A Good Writer

Have you ever felt like something was missing? You sit down to write, but fear seizes hold, shuts down your creativity. Or maybe you've sent out query after query, only to receive a stream of rejection.¬†Beta readers praise your story, but then comes that ominous pause. "But...." Maybe the culprit is stilted wording. Lackluster characters.... Continue Reading →

10 Ways To Remain Sane While Writing

Feeling over-stressed? Overwhelmed by responsibilities and edits and runaway characters? Let's face it. Writers work hard --- and we don't know when to stop. Instead we push ourselves until we're threatened by burnout. Here are 10 ways to remain sane while writing. 10. Make a schedule. I'm not a list maker, but I've found that... Continue Reading →

10 Reasons Why Your Readers Distrust You

10. Your story is layered with cliches and tropes. Yes, we're starting off with the big ones.¬†<insert cringe here> There are no twists or turning the cliches on their proverbial heads; instead, every move your protagonist makes is predictable. Soon your reader is wondering, "Haven't I read this story a hundred times?" 9. Too many... Continue Reading →

Interview With A Protagonist

Protagonist: Look, I hope you know I'm here unwillingly. I still have several scenes to appear in today, and if I'm a no-show, things are really going down. Me: Exactly what I want to talk to you about. [Protagonist glowers at the wall.] Me: Let's pretend for a few minutes that we've never met. What... Continue Reading →

Reaching the Top

"I'll race you." He flashed me a mischievous grin. "Up the hill, past that circle of pines." I glanced in the direction he was pointing. Seriously? The hill he'd chosen was impossibly steep. . .and buried in snow. Talk about a suicide mission. I checked my sturdy snow boots and calculated my chances of beating... Continue Reading →

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