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What is the worst fiction writing advice you’ve heard?

The worst fiction writing advice I’ve ever heard —- and the best fiction writing advice I’ve ever heard — is to write about what you love. It’s very easy to get so caught up in the enjoyment of writing about something you love that you can go on forever and bore your reader to death.… Continue reading What is the worst fiction writing advice you’ve heard?

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Is it possible to write a novel or short story that doesn’t perpetuate stereotypes?

 It’s not a matter of stereotypes. It’s a matter of whether the characters are described well or not so well. Good writing will turn them into archetypes and become the best and most representative of the group they belong to, whatever that group may be. Poor writing will make them stereotypes worthy of laughter and… Continue reading Is it possible to write a novel or short story that doesn’t perpetuate stereotypes?

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Why is it so hard to write a novel, and especially hard to sit down and write your first novel?

The answer to this particular question is easy: Because you’ve never done it before. Any endeavor can be extremely difficult for a beginner. But the more you do — or even the more you sit at your computer and think about writing even if you don’t do any actual work — the easier the process… Continue reading Why is it so hard to write a novel, and especially hard to sit down and write your first novel?

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Is editing the most time-consuming part of fiction writing?

Answer 1 Notifications 24 Depends. Issac Azimov once said that he learned to write when writers were paid pennies a page, so he learned to write the finished product as his first draft as a way to same time and earn more money. I do the same thing but it took a long time to… Continue reading Is editing the most time-consuming part of fiction writing?

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Some people get stung, others get honey.

Some years ago, we raised bees. It didn't become a permanent thing because it turned out to be way more complex than we'd imagined. But that very complexity -- and the fascinating bees themselves -- made a lasting imprint on me. For instance, I learned that some people can naturally handle bees without getting stung.… Continue reading Some people get stung, others get honey.

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What’s the importance of making story writing a hobby?

My answer is a bit round-about, but stick with me, there's a point at the end. When I first started writing as a career, I found that I ‘wrote out’ a lot of things from my past. Okay, I’ve had an easy, comfortable life but, like with everyone, there were a few things that were… Continue reading What’s the importance of making story writing a hobby?

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Camping versus Glamping: Pros, Cons

My husband liked to camp. The real hardcore kind where you carry everything in a pack and hike into the wilderness for days at a time or at the very least, the kind that only involves a tent and a campfire for cooking. In either situation, you quickly realize what things are essential and what… Continue reading Camping versus Glamping: Pros, Cons

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Windy Chicago

The city of Chicago has been known by many nicknames, but it is most widely recognized as the "Windy City.” The earliest known reference to the "Windy City" was actually to Green Bay in 1856 but in 1876 repeated efforts to label Chicago with this nickname involved Chicago's rivalry with Cincinnati. The term "Windy City" was… Continue reading Windy Chicago

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How can I write the first chapter of my fantasy novel as a scene that happened 8 years previously?

 There are two ways and either way works well: Write the scene as a prologue instead of as a chapter. It’s done all the time and it works great. The only thing to remember if you use this technique is not to make the prologue too long because, for some reason, readers are turned off… Continue reading How can I write the first chapter of my fantasy novel as a scene that happened 8 years previously?

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Red Carpet Dreaming

Have you ever daydreamed about what you would do if you were invited to a glamorous red carpet event or something as publicized as the Royal Wedding? Because a lot of people were invited and not all were royalty either. So why not me? Anyway, just in case. I'll be prepared because I've thought about… Continue reading Red Carpet Dreaming