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Tips for Writers: Frustrate Your Hero

Writers, I know what you’re thinking, “Well, of course. I always seek the Rolling Stones’ advice when I’m creating characters and storylines.” Or maybe not. But Mick does have a point: Instead of building a conventional dramatic arc by having … Continue reading

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Real Life Fairytale Places

At the beginning of every year I plan, or rather plan to plan. But unofficially I dream of escape, and having cut my literary teeth on fairytales and fantasies, it’s fairytale settings like these I long to visit, or even … Continue reading

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I’m Not an Actor, I Just Play One on TV

Yes, I’m an actor. I even have a diploma to prove it. But that doesn’t automatically mean they let me act on TV, or anyplace else for that matter (you know how “they” are). In fact, I just auditioned for … Continue reading

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Tips for Writers: Find Someone to Love Story With

“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” ~Jean Rhys Perhaps the most universal piece of advice for writers is, “Read, read, read!” Let me just amen … Continue reading

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Tips for Writers: Subconscious Mannerisms

My high school drama teacher had a quirky habit: first he’d pull on his nose, and then he’d push on it. One day, in the midst of a discussion about mannerisms, he told us where this habit came from: As … Continue reading

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Tips for Writers: On Universality

There may be writers who want to alienate their readers. (I can’t think of any, off-hand, perhaps because they’ve been so successful in achieving their goal.) But the rest of us want to draw our readers in. We want them … Continue reading

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The Wishing Map 90

Originally posted on Mitch Teemley:
Note: To read The Wishing Map from the beginning, click here. The Wishing Map Chapter Nineteen: The Naim Games (Continued) Previously: Zack astounded the childlike naims by asking them to do the “impossible”: tell different…

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