Why Writing a Novel Feels Both Expansive and Claustrophobic

An interesting phenomenon takes place as you increase word count. Over the past year, I have been writing works of speculative fiction to several different lengths including short stories (under 7,000 words), serial episodes (about 10,000 words), novellas (about 30,000 words), and novels (70,000+ words). A Novel’s Unique Spatial Paradox I’ve found that with novels, […]

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Leveraging Writing Conferences

As a writer, I’ve learned to love the conference scene. Actually, I’m completely drained by large social gatherings–evidence that I am a legitimate introvert. But here’s why I have evolved to deem conferences worthy of the energy expenditure! This list is in context of a few highlights from Life, the Universe, and Everything 2015 (LTUE), […]

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Writing and Your Health

This year’s Comic Con FanX was of course fabulous so I wanted to give a quick recap of my panels, which included a Writing and Your Health panel, followed by a dozen of my favorite costume pics. I love panels as an opportunity to talk about my fiction and non-fiction work, and a way to meet […]

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4 Resolves Inspired by Ray Bradbury

Last year I took on an overarching theme as my resolve for my personal and writing life: to become more congruent. I had never gone this route of approaching my goals thematically more than specifically and loved doing it. For 2015, my thematic goal is…CONTENTMENT. I want to be more content both personally and as a writer, […]

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The Productive Author App of the Week: iWriter Pro

iWriter is an app for Mac and iOS with a few interesting spins on the simple text editor approach to writing and drafting. Created by iA, iWriter offers a quick way to highlight all instances of a certain part of speech, which can be a great way to amp up less-effective verbs or cut way back on adverbs, […]

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10 Ways Creative Writing Can Empower Your Entire Life

Today I’m marveling a bit about how many spill-over effects writing has had on my entire life, and how pervasively it has benefited me as a fumbling human. Creative writing has been part of my life in some form or another since I was little, though I was mostly dabbling in it or journaling. When […]

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The Productive Author App of the Week: Writer’s Studio

This week’s app of the week is Writer’s Studio by miSoft Studios. This fun tool allows writers and authors to create personal interactive stories on an iOS mobile device by adding animation, music, narration, and other visual elements. While you cannot use this to create rich media stories for sale, but you can use this to […]

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8 Cyber Monday Deals for Writers and Authors

Cyber Monday is much preferred to the mayhem of Black Friday. Though both seem to be losing some of their retail impact, here are some Cyber Monday thrills for writers and authors! Keep in mind, these deals are typically offered in limited quantities, so they may sell out. 1. The Productive Author’s HOW TO DICTATE […]

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