Writing Prompt: “Mourner”

I created this writing prompt, “Mourner” for a reflective scene late in a character arc. Late in an arc, the character may still make mistakes but she realizes the role she plays in her choices. She tries to balance — or even counter — the negative in her life with the positive. Write a scene […]

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Writing Prompt: “Fissure”

I created this writing prompt, “”Fissure”, for the last section of a book. Character flaws are a powerful way to power the story. Perhaps the most potent type of character flaw is one that appears because of one or more event in the backstory and now is part of the character’s belief system. Write a […]

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Updates for Writer Block

Hello and Happy Monday! We are  updating this blog. You can look forward to these features… NEW appearance We chose this fun and simple chalkboard interface. It is supposed to work well with computers, tablets, and phones. Please tell us if you have any trouble viewing this blog on your device! NEW URL We’ve added […]

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One Common Mental Mistake Writers Make

(Photo Credit: Frank Camhi) “Writing” is a broad term. Everyone specializes to an extent. Before you look at a piece and ask “does this work?”, you need to know where you want it to work. Professional, personal, or among friends? Academic or steam-punk? Novel series or flash fiction? What age is the audience? The problem […]

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More Than Conflict

A story’s power is not created by conflict but through conflict. This distinction is important. Conflict is the most popular tool for giving power to a story but it is a tool that should with other tools. When used alone, the result is not power but impotence. That’s right. You may think that readers revel […]

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