My Top 10 Songs About Writing – #ToWriteTo

My iPod includes several songs which are either directly or indirectly about writing. For whatever reason, they inspire me to keep going with my writing projects. Here’s my list, in hopes that you’ll add yours in the comments. I need some new tunes! 1. Open Book by Cake – While I realize this is a song […]

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Ray Bradbury on Books and Writing

One of my favorite quotes from an awesome author: “You must write every single day of your life…You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads…may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out […]

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Why Bechdel Testing Your Novel Shows Business Savvy

It turns out Alison Bechdel gave creatives not only a recipe for becoming more enlightened human beings, but a way to be more business-savvy as well. The test bearing her name helps quantify the representation of women in film, novels, and other creative works. Bechdel Test 101 So what is it? In case you can’t […]

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How to Write Well-Rounded Female Characters in Speculative Fiction

I was recently on a few Comic Con panels about women in speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, and other genres). One of my favorites was titled, “Women Warriors and Female Shamans—How to Avoid Stereotypes in Writing”. I loved hearing from my fellow-panelists as well as audience members. It was super cool! This week, I’m publishing a […]

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Managing Creative Worry

What could a writer possibly be worried about, right?! Most creatives have scads of concerns and insecurities to worry over. In fact, I think that’s a major reason I put off writing as long as I did. “I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” – Mark Twain Here are some creative worries I’ve had […]

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Steampunk. No, Science Fiction. No, Fantasy! How to Tell the Difference.

Try to define steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, and other genres of fiction, and you’ll likely find yourself growling, “Arrrrgh.” They can be tough to differentiate. Here’s my definition: Science Fiction – Works featuring worlds beyond our own as explained by technology and science. Fantasy – Works featuring worlds beyond our own as explained by supernatural […]

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