Writing and Fiction Podcasts to Love

These days I prefer listening to my reading, as opposed to absorbing books, news, and articles with my eyes. I discovered this while pursuing my initiative to sit less and move more. We’ve probably all heard by now that sitting all day is terrible for us, and as writers we tend to sit plenty! To fight […]

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NaNoWriMo Dropout? 5 Ways to Succeed This Year

NaNoWriMo 2014 has come and gone, leaving victors and casualties in its wake. Even though I finished my NaNoWriMo this year and in fact produce enough fiction word count to call every month a WriMo, I identify more with the dropouts because I tried to do National Novel Writing Month several times before this year–all […]

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5 Words I Made Up to Describe NaNoWriMo

The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge is a many-faceted thing. To describe the experience, I found myself needing to mash up some fresh word concotions. Technically every month is NaNoWriMo for me. I do between 15,000 and 20,000 words per week of fiction writing. Sure, that’s all pure, gunky draft but it’s out there! […]

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Two Blogs Diverged…

This past week I’ve done a makeover on how I blog. I’ve been like Robert Frost’s traveler in the woods facing two diverging roads, only I’ve been trying to stradle both until I think I pulled something! So then it came to me. Frost said he couldn’t travel both and be one traveler, but he […]

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Powers of Dictation

While Dracula may not ever wise up to dictation, the fabulous John (or Jack) Seward did. In Bram Stoker’s classic novel several chapters are devoted to asylum director and psychiatrist John Seward’s diary based on phonograph recordings regarding his patients. He and Abraham Van Helsing try to save Lucy Westenra from the vampire. If it’s […]

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