Tag Archive: writing advice

Creating characters is a little like making friends

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The PLC hit a bit of a rough patch there, with all of us encountering various hazards on our little writing roadways, which sent us swerving about into ditches and oncoming traffic. But… Continue reading

Curb Chat Episode 5: Our writing spaces

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Our latest episode of Curb Chat, our bi-monthly podcast, is up! In this episode, we talk about our writing spaces: where we write, how we write and what we write on. Also included… Continue reading

Curb Chat Episode 4: Plotting vs. Pantsing

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There’s a new episode of Curb Chat, our bi-weekly podcast, available for your listening pleasure. In this episode, we talk about plotting versus pantsing. *cue organ music* Give it a listen. It’s a lot of fun. :)

Some Tips I Learned about World Building at Phoenix Comicon

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One of the best writing panels I attended during Phoenix Comicon 2014 was the Really Epic Epic Fantasy panel. It had an incredible lineup of epic fantasy authors, including Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch,… Continue reading

Revisions and Why You Shouldn’t Fear Them

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Writing can be scary. Whether we’re diving into a genre we’ve never attempted, or plotting our very first battle or a character’s first kiss, or letting a trusted friend read our story for the first… Continue reading

You Gotta Be Willing to Break It

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Revisions. *sigh* They sure aren’t for the faint of heart. Back when I started writing, I thought revisions meant checking for typos and correcting punctuation. I’d write a story and, naturally, think it was… Continue reading

You’re Only As Good As Your Opening Line

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I recently attended the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA, and got to hear award-winning author Richard Peck speak about crafting opening lines. While Richard Peck is predominantly a children’s book author, what he had to… Continue reading

Writing Wisdom from John Barrowman

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This past weekend, I attended Phoenix Comicon ’13 where I got to see John Barrowman talk about his career as an actor and performer. You probably know John Barrowman for his roles as… Continue reading

Old friend. Gold advice.

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Last week was spring break, dudes! Spring break at the McLanes! (Or, as it is known in the world of stay-at-home-moms, MANDATORY OVERTIME.) Not that I don’t love hanging with my kid. I… Continue reading

Wait, wait, don’t tell me.

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The primary use of dialogue is to convey information. We do it all the time in daily life. The problem we run into, when writing, is when we make the mistake of having… Continue reading

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