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How Learning Another Language Will Improve Your Writing

Want to improve your writing? Learn another language! I know. You might be saying, "But...writing in English is hard enough. Why would I waste my time with any other language?" It's simple, really. Writing, as with any intense activity, is best performed after a good warm up. Your brain is about to

Review of Flowstate: “The Most Dangerous Writing App”

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Writing and editing are two different things. Writing itself should be a simple task. All you have to do is put one word after the other, form sentences, form ideas, and make everything you've done come together into one great work that is sure to express your heart and soul exactly

Interview with Rachael Sparks: Author of Resistant

Rachael Sparks is the author of the hard science fiction novel Resistant, which Publishers Weekly called "a scientifically accurate apocalypse." Resistant takes place in a near future in which drug-resistant bacteria are winning the battle over humanity. Rachael was kind enough to chat with me about science, character development, and

Why You Should Not Write a Novel for NaNoWriMo

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NaNoWriMo is Coming! NaNoWriMo is an event that keeps getting larger and more popular each and every year. And it's no wonder. There's something romantic and wonderful about writing a novel. Most of the times I've told people that I've written novels, the conversation inevitably turns toward how they have an

Review: Margaret Atwood’s Master Class

When Masterclass.com offered me an all-access pass, I was thrilled! I'd had my eye on the Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing course for a while and was so excited to take it! Atwood is a legend, and especially as a woman novelist, a role model. I was not disappointeded-- her Master

Writing Complex Children: We Need Better Arcs!

There's something we might be overlooking in our character development as writers. We all know about character arcs. Characters need to change over the course of a story. When I received my developmental edit letter for Rock of Ages, my editor conveyed that even the jerk boyfriend in my story needed to

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