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The Bookstores

The Bookstores

The other day, I went to Barnes and Noble. All around me, I saw these new books with interesting covers and new ideas. I saw an entire section devoted to Harry Potter merchandise.  I browsed through new and upcoming authors, and all around me I saw the hopes and dreams of authors just like me, …

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Story Bouncers

Story Bouncers

I miss my friend EGL. I miss running around during easy runs or warm-ups at track practice and telling her my stories. I miss how she would listen intently and ask questions when she was confused. I miss her comments. I miss sitting around eating lunch as she’d tell me about her own characters and …

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Writing Prompts

Writing Prompts

  “After gentle persuasion your best friend since childhood finally agrees to seek professional help for serious mental problems. Much to your dismay, as she begins to improve you realize that you are her imaginary friend.” I was sent this writing prompt by a friend the other day. He sent me a bunch of similar …

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Fictionpress

Fictionpress

Fictionpress.com is a site that allows its users to upload their writing for the world wide web to read for free. It’s a sister sight to fanfiction.net, where many a fanboy/girl has uploaded their own personal take on anything from Harry Potter to X-Men to Fairytail. I personally like to browse the Fairytail stories. I …

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I Write Dark

I Write Dark

In the post Evolution of a Story, I detailed the transformation of a plot from a dream. Those changes all happened in a relatively short period of time and show more about how one certain plot changed than how I have changed as a writer over time. To see my transformation over time, it’s better …

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Same Old Story, With New Twists

Same Old Story, With New Twists

I like werewolf stories, even though most of them are predictable. At the end, the shy girl and the big bad alpha will be in love and whatever enemies from the dark past will be vanquished. It’s the same plot, over and over, with practically no end in sight. Yet, it’s still entertaining. In writing …

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Little Hints, Big Surprises

Little Hints, Big Surprises

One of my favorite plot tools is foreshadowing. Foreshadowing is a warning or indication of something that will take place in the future. In my experience, the most common example of this plot tool in use is the existence of prophecies within a story. Prophecies also give the character they refer to the “chosen one” …

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Music

Music

Most of the time, I listen to music as I’m writing. One part of my brain likes to sing along with the song whilst the other part is typing the words I am thinking. As I’m writing this, I’m listening to the rock artist Shinedown. It’s a great life hack for me because it helps …

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Evolution of a Story

Evolution of a Story

On Wednesday night, my husband and I both had fitful sleep and kept waking each other up. For once, I’m actually grateful for fitful sleep, because it helped me remember the dream I was having. The dream was so great, I decided that it was going to become the plot of a book. Here is …

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Studying

Studying

I didn’t post anything last week because I’ve been busy “studying.” What I mean by studying is that I was watching Game of Thrones and playing a strategy game called Europa Universalis IV with my husband. As a writer, everything I do can be called “studying” because everything I do gives me more experiences with …

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