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Horror Media Created by Black Women

If you’re a horror fan, take some time to look into this collection of horror media written by black women!

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Writing Prompt: Change the Future

I had a random thought this morning, and I think it would make an excellent writing prompt, so, here you go. Traditionally, in stories where people can foretell the future, or there are prophecies, it’s either impossible to change the

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On Writing Stereotypes (and that one pet peeve of mine)

I think stereotypes get so ingrained into us that it’s possible for us to express them without actually buying into them. Which is why it’s so important to point out to someone when they’re expressing a stereotype, and to try

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Writing bigots as characters

I stumbled across an online conversation about authors creating racist, sexist, or homophobic (etc.) characters, and readers feeling the characters’ views reflect the authors’ views. The argument was that authors should be able to write characters with negative character traits

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Writing Routines

I found a great article on various authors’ writing habits. Whether you’re talking music, silence, time of day, coffee, reading, ritual, or warming up, there’s something there for everyone. Take a look and see if you can find something that

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Review: “Breakthrough the Block,” Allen C. Paul

Pros: Decent ideas Cons: More like a blog post than a book Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Breakthrough the Block!: 5 Steps to Renewing your Inspiration, by Allen C. Paul, is more like a long blog post than a book.

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Resource: John Grisham’s Rules of Writing

Since I’m still not writing reviews at the moment (still unpacking, still divorcing, still having trouble staying awake), I can at least share a good link I came across this morning: John Grisham’s Rules of Writing. As always with writing

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Turning off the lights

I never expected to be saying these words, but after 15 years of marriage (plus five for dating), I’m getting a divorce. I don’t expect to come back here, but I’ll leave it up for now in case it’s useful

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Review: “Writing Deep Scenes,” Alderson and Rosenfeld

Pros: Wonderful tips Cons: A couple of… miscalculations Rating: 4 out of 5 I have mildly mixed feelings about Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme (by Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld). It feels very mechanical

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Review: “How Not to Write a Novel,” Mittelmark and Newman

Pros: Useful AND funny as hell! Cons: A little inconsistency Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman give us a handy guide: How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them–A Misstep-by-Misstep

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