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Tag Archives: Chuck Wendig

Do It Anyway

I think a lot of us are coming off a rough year. 2016 seems to have been a beast for a lot of people I know. The last four to six months have been a complete stress sandwich for me as well. I swore that I would not make resolutions on New Year’s Eve for …

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How To Get Out of Your Own Way

A post in Terrible Minds last month had me green with envy. For those of you who are not familiar with Chuck Wendig and his most excellent writing advice, be forewarned – he does not mince words. He doesn’t sugar coat and he doesn’t wrap you up in warm fuzzy bunny slippers and a cloud …

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Shhhh…. Can you hear it?

The plot bunnies are gathering… The dastardly villain is picking up his black cape from the dry cleaners. Witches, good and bad, are dusting off their books of shadows. And the unlikely hero is going about his daily life, blissfully unaware that his destiny is about to smack him upside the head. Ahhh, yes, NaNoWriMo …

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Do you want the good news, or the bad news?

So tell me – do you want the good news or the bad news first? I think I will give you the good news first because the world is full of too much negativity as it is. 🙂 I have been reading a lot of articles and blog posts lately regarding the publishing industry and …

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A Good Man is Hard to Find

We’ve all heard it before — a good man (or woman) is hard to find.  And no, this post is NOT about online dating! 🙂 We are going to talk about characters.   When I was little, we had sets of paper dolls.  For anyone who has never had a set in your hands, they were …

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Is it in the genes or did society do this?

Nature vs. Nurture has been up for debate in many areas of society.  Are sociopaths born or made?  Is a person’s sexual preference determined at birth or does the environment they are raised in play a role? Last week, on Facebook, a young writer posted a question asking what books people recommended she read to …

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First drafts and caring less

I read a recent post on Chuck Wendig’s blog, Terrible Minds.  Another writer had stated that she suffered from extreme performance anxiety whenever she sat down to write.  We are talking full-fledged physical illness here.  His advice to her? Care Less. I have to say that is some of the best advice on writing that …

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