Boost Your Creativity: Brainstorm

By studying your real and fantasy worlds, you gained a better grounding in facts, rules, opinions, and possibilities. Some of what you learn will probably trigger spontaneous ideas. But what can you do when the words just won’t come? You scheme — come up with a plan of action. The first step is usually brainstorming. The […]

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Boost Your Creativity: Study Your Readers

Readers are a finicky bunch. They pick up your book with certain expectations in mind. They want their expectations to be met, but they also want to be surprised. To keep them turning the page, you need to know how your readers think. Reader expectations are partly drawn from genre and category. Genre expectations can […]

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Boost Your Creativity: Study Your Fiction World

Boost your creativity by studying your fictional world. Become familiar with its academics, cultures, individuals, and themes. Know these areas well so you can ground your reader with facts, keep internal consistency with rules, add diversity and conflict with opinions, and set the stage for story with possibility. It is important to know your world regardless of your […]

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Boost Your Creativity: Study Your Real World

Your world is full of facts, rules, opinions, and possibilities. Notice that I said your world. Your world is different but similar to my world. Your world is full of facts and rules, opinions and possibilities. I think most people take this part of their worlds for granted. But a writer who is aware of […]

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Boost Your Creativity: Introduction

So how do I see creativity? What do I think is creativity? And how can the answers to this help you become more creative? Creativity isn’t really making something out of nothing. It has a foundation of known subjects. “I ate the purple apple” is a creative idea but I didn’t create either the idea […]

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5 Ways to Free Your Writing

Dancers at the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Cinco de Mayo is (in part) a daythat celebrates freedom. As a writer, fight for freedom from cliches, stagnation, and writer block! Just as the Mexicans turned back an invading force, you can fight against these enemies of writers everywhere and […]

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April Fool’s – 10 Things “To Do” with Your Story

Some WONDERFUL ideas for your book. (some exceptions apply) Don’t know what to write? Just cut and paste from your favorite book. Bored with your main character? Change his name half-way through the book. Hate your bad guy’s guts? Kill him off in the second scene. Word count too short? Add random scenes to flesh […]

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