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Progress has stalled on our latest writing project. We avoid our desk, tamp down the guilt, and stay busy doing anything but …

November 24, 2017

The writing life stands poised to strike fear into the most steadfast heart—launching arrows of self-doubt, rejection-terror, and insecurity. What if my …

October 24, 2017
Entertainment

We’ve spoken before about how little details can help color your storyworld. Societal habits, mating customs, dinner choices, and environmental aspects are …

August 10, 2017

Most days, writing brings us joy. Our brains stay on overdrive as we scribble ideas on scraps of paper, napkins, and the …

June 23, 2017

I was immersed in online research for a work-in-progress when my computer froze and a warning banner flashed across the screen. I …

May 23, 2017

Please Lord, please…could I possibly get an honorable mention? Just one of those beautiful folders with a certificate inside. Please, Lord? My …

April 23, 2017

We’ve submitted that article, devotion, or book proposal, and the feelings of euphoria have begun to fade. Questions ping through our minds …

February 23, 2017
AnatomyGraysSex

Jim held a gray spheroid up to the light. “So Doc, you’re saying the sex of this alien was actually female?” “That …

February 13, 2017

With an incredible sense of purpose, I opened the window blinds and faced the morning sun. Today, I thought, I’m going to …

January 23, 2017

Three days before Christmas, a delivery man turned in our driveway, honked the horn, and requested my signature. Then he presented me …

December 23, 2016

Need a bit of insight as you ready the pen or laptop today? Consider the following from one of the greatest writers …

November 23, 2016
Character Eyes

The carbine was still jammed and Jim couldn’t do anything to fix it. He finally tossed it aside and cursed the shoddy …

November 9, 2016

Tackling a writing project can be a battle—a hard-fought conflict with procrastination, fear, insecurity, and self-discipline. We’ve all authored projects that took …

October 23, 2016

The murmur of countless alien tongues subsided as the chairman of the interstellar council called for order. The delegates to Mecatol Rex …

October 11, 2016

It’s time for a check-up. Take a deep breath and consider this: What do you love most about writing? Answer A – Where …

September 23, 2016

What a day. We’ve been fighting to stay in the zone, our fingers flying over the keyboard searching for that illusive magic. …

May 18, 2016

The title of this post sounds ridiculous I know. I’m sure this article will  get flagged by the A3 editors, but I …

April 21, 2016

By all accounts, it was a productive year. Articles were accepted for publication. A book contract hung on my office bulletin board—front …

April 10, 2016

Conference season is upon us and social media is abuzz with encouragement to click a sign-up link and submit a deposit. So …

March 14, 2016

The writer’s life is not for the faint of heart. There are moments that are downright scary. That first writer’s conference, critiques, …

February 15, 2016
ThingsOfValue

When writing a speculative fiction novel, determine what the things of value are in your world. Water, food, shelter-building resources, fuel: these are …

February 7, 2016

When you write, do you have a happy place? Do conditions have to be “just right?” When are you most productive? I …

December 28, 2015

One of my favorite drama exercises is to take a familiar object and brainstorm what that object could be. For example, when …

December 3, 2015

Would you like to improve your vocabulary, fire your imagination, and learn about story structure and character development from an endless variety …

November 13, 2015

You paced around the house all day doing unnecessary chores. You read an article on writing. You rearranged stuff on your desk. You …

September 11, 2015
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