5 Ways to Create Fantastical Beasts and Peoples!: Mythology

English: Stone carvings at St Mary’s church (16) Two more fantastical creatures, perhaps a dragon and a cat(?) standing on its back legs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Myths are found in every culture from Ancient Greece to Pre-Columbian Cuba. Myths are stories of important events and people from the past. Most times these stories have fantastical […]

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5 Ways to Raise Your Word Count Rates

The point of these techniques is to get the words flowing faster and freer and temporarily shut down the inner critic that can slow your flow of words. Prompts. You can start with ones written by someone else but I recommend eventually making your own. When you write your own prompts, the topic is more […]

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Writing Life: Thankfulness

Today is not a post about craft but about thankfulness. How often do we take the time to just be thankful for our ability to write creatively? The ability to create something with words that touches heart, imaginations, and minds is incredible. We transcend the typical and craft something new. We each use our unique […]

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Procrastination Plan: Boredom

Sometimes, procrastination happens not because of fears, competing demands, or insufficient time. Sometimes the cause is boredom with the project. Here’s a few of the reasons a writer might become bored. Over-plotting. Even though many writers are helped by outlines, over-plotting can take away the fun, enthusiasm, and adventure of writing a first draft. How […]

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Writing Fears: Unbalance your Fears

One way to overcome your writing fears is to make sure the benefits of writing outweigh the fears. People tend to think of motivation as coming from the inside or the outside. Motivation also can come from positives and it can come from negatives. Because this is such a vast subject, but is relevant now, […]

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Strategies to Reach 50k: Stamina

One often overlooked element of writing is stamina. Writing stamina is linked not only to attention span, imagination, and will-power but also to physical well-being. When you really get into a project, you may forget to take care of yourself. As a result, your writing stamina goes down and you start producing less. If you […]

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