Using Pressure To One’s Advantage As a Writer

Since I’ve been fairly immersed in pressure this week, I focused on finding more ways to channel it. Here’s what I came up with. Financial Pressure – Rar! I had some writing and publishing expenses beyond my usual monthly investment. Unusual outlays of cash have always created dissonance for me as an artist, because I […]

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Daring to Be Uncomfortable As a Writer

Last night I was at a singles event where a relationship expert presented techniques on how to flirt. And then we were turned loose to flirt. – All introverts just shrieked in horror. – I know because I pick up the introvert frequency. While I’ve trained myself to be a fairly outgoing person, I had […]

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Increasing Writerly Decisiveness

So much of the time, we wring our hands that we don’t know what to do about our problems, writing problems included. But fascinatingly, we do know what to do in many cases. We just don’t like the answers! I’m sometimes guilty of this. Maybe my options are not tidy or clear-cut, which makes me […]

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The Productive Author App of the Week: Ulysses for Mac

The Ulysses App for Mac desktop is a text editor and writing tool for many kinds of writers, from students to fiction authors. Created by a group called The Soulmen GbR, this app is currently listed as the Ulysses III…and it is cool! To create with this tool, a writer simply types content in the editor […]

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My Writing Panelist Schedule for Salt Lake Comic Con 2014

Participating as a panelist at the SLC Comic Con Fan Experience (FanX) 2014 earlier this spring was a blast, as was speaking at Fantasy Con 2014 mid-summer. Now the geekery continues with the autumnal Salt Lake Comic Con 2014, at which I’ll also be a panelist. Basically, Utah creates enough demand to justify a nerd conference once a […]

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Action: Why Every Writer is a Screenwriter

I have written stories in a few different genres, and every time I get to a point in my editing where I realize a lack of action. Or I find myself telling instead of showing a character is this way or that way. Or I neglect the scene as a whole such as where a conversation is […]

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Superhero Lit: Writer Cindy Grigg on Why Larger Than Life Heroes, Antiheroes, and Villains Are Essential

We know superheroes are entertaining, but here’s why they’re essential! Whether somewhat believable like Nyoka the Jungle Girl or more extreme like Wonder Woman, superheroes help us push the boundaries of the ordinary with the extraordinary. I define a superhero as any character with larger than life abilities or traits. I define superhero literature as […]

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