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    Writer Life: Outlining & Worldbuilding

    There are words on the page!! My official story notes are organized, and I has words on the page!! 😀 I finished the Neil Gaiman Masterclass, and the last few lessons really bolstered my spirit. ^_^ I decided to start tackling my notes, took me three days, and in the process, I started a document and got words on the page! Basically, it’s either going to be good or it isn’t. That’s all I have to worry about. Or rather, not worry about. It fits my current philosophy on life about not making things too difficult. Instead of giving myself seven options, I give myself two. I can give myself two…

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    Watching TV Makes You A Better Writer

    Have you ever considered a trip to the movies to be writing research? Or that weekend binging Xena, Warrior Princess?  If you haven’t, I’m about to explain why you should consider changing your mind. We can learn a lot about writing from movies because one, movies are written before they’re filmed, and two, it’s a great way to learn about pacing and characterization, especially if you watch movies with a full vest of spy gear on like I do. 😀 Think about it. Have you ever watched a movie and thought the pacing was slow or someone’s motives were unbelievable? Of course you have. To be honest, that’s how I learned…

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    Adventures In Editing

    Every time I’m in the editing cave, I learn something new about myself. This last go around, I’ve learned that I make a lot of mistakes when I write a story super fast. I know right. Who knew that could happen?! 😛 This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – after all, this is what editing rounds are for, to fix stuff. The good thing is that the mistakes were all pretty minor, meaning I didn’t have to do any major restructuring. The other good thing is that they were sticking out pretty bad. The annoying thing is that there were so many of them! Here are some examples: Forgetting that…

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    Writing Multiple Point of Views + Winter’s Siren Release Day!

    Given how WINTER’S SIREN (out today!!) has two POVs, I’ve been thinking about how dual POV stories differ from single and other multiple POV stories. In 2011, I was working on a story that had four POVs and for some reason I thought a fifth POV was a good idea for two scenes. Ugh. Old me. HAHA. Anywho, two of the POVs took place in the past – everything was supposed to connect later in book two (again, ugh, old me!) – but I ended every one of those past POVs on a cliffhanger. Namely because I was breaking a complete story up into pieces. It would have been much…

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    Popular Books: Wish Fulfillment Edition

    Today, I’m going to talk about what makes movies blow up. Now, it’s extremely hard to predict when a movie will be a huge box office success. After all, Cassandra Clare is a boss in her own right, but the City of Bones movie was very hit and miss with people. It’s the same with a lot of book-to-movie adaptations. I don’t think that’s an accident. City of Bones was fun, but in order for a book to translate to massive box office sales, it needs to be more than fun. If people leave a movie or put a book down, and the experience left them feeling warm and fuzzy on…