Trying New Writing Software

Ever since I finished my rough draft, I’ve been working on organizing my thoughts and figuring out exactly what I want this book to say. Unfortunately, my writing software–an ancient version of Microsoft Word–isn’t cooperating very well. There’s a lot going on in my story, at least to me. I have a huge world, and […]

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A look at micro worlds

I wrote about worldbuilding back in November, and today I’d like to get a little more specific. Let’s talk about an aspect of worldbuilding that’s easy to overlook: micro worlds. It’s entirely possible that there’s a better name for this. Micro worlds just works for me. What are micro worlds? Your macro world is the […]

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Trust Your Reader

I seem to be on a roll with old writing rules lately. Trust your reader goes along with classics like “show, don’t tell,” “write what you know,” and “kill your darlings.” Most of these old school rules come from a good place, but they’re often misinterpreted or poorly explained. Today’s post was inspired by a […]

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Looking Back on 2020

I started this website on January 1, 2020, with the intention of having a fully polished, ready-to-publish novel by the end of the year. The last few years of my life had been pretty eventful (mostly in bad ways), and I wanted to challenge myself with something that would have positive results if I stuck […]

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Poor Man’s Copyright is a Myth

I am not a lawyer. This isn’t intended to be taken as legal advice. If you have an actual, legal question about copyright, you should address it with a real attorney. I’m writing about poor man’s copyright today. There isn’t a whole lot to this post, but I think the topic is important. I’d hate […]

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How to Kill Your Darlings with Impunity

Let’s look at another classic writing rule, shall we? Kill your darlings isn’t as complicated as some of them, like show, don’t tell, but I still think it’s worth going over. It’s good advice when it’s applied correctly. I’m giving you an overview today, but I do plan on going back over some of these […]

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Why I no longer use Scribophile

I’ve talked about Scribophile on the blog in the past. My last review was mainly positive, but I thought I’d bring it up again since I’ve decided not to use the service anymore. This is just my own experience and opinions, and it’s entirely possible that I’m just being petty. Someone else might have no […]

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December Update

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I’m kind of in blogathon burn-out mode, so I thought a simple recap would be nice (for me) rather than my usual Wednesday rant. So…Let’s talk about my project list, shall we? Completed Projects The novel The novel rough draft is finished. I think I’ve already mentioned that, but I don’t care. It was quite […]

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Write What You Know

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Today’s post is about a piece of writing advice that’s right up there with “Show, don’t tell,” as far as things people tell novice writers but don’t really explain. What conclusions would you draw if someone just told you to write what you know, but didn’t explain what it meant? I think most people assume […]

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