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Monthly Archives: November 2013

DIY eBook Cover

So, at this point, you should be just about done with your novel for NaNoWriMo. If you’ve kept pace, in the next 24 to 48 hours, you should be wrapping up your 50,000+ pages and breathing a giant sigh of relief. You’ll want to step away from the writing tools of your choice and take […]

Virtual Characters

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this month, and you’re reading this post, you’re either so far along on your book that you have time to burn, or you’ve given up. Please, don’t give up. In 2011, John Scalzi wrote about “being fictional“, which was his take on Elizabeth Bear’s post regarding how she is, in the […]

Turkey City Lexicon

The infamous science-fiction workshop lexicon of “things to not do”. Over the years, so much has been written about what to do and what NOT to do in fiction that it’s a little overwhelming sometimes. Personally, when I write, I’m almost always trying to write fantasy or science-fiction, or what is sometimes referred to as […]

5 Random Writing Tools

So, in support of NaNoWriMo, this month, I’ve decided to serve up nothing but writing-related links. At a week into the process of writing your novel, you should be well on your way.  But, maybe there are some back-story details you’d like to fill in.  Maybe a character who needs an odd name, or who’s […]

Let the writing begin!

NaNoWriMo starts today, but I won’t be participating this year. Maybe next year, after my life is just a little more settled and I’ve spent a year getting my writing chops back. Writing here, or any non-fiction, is relatively easy for me these days, but writing fiction is another kettle of fish.  I used to […]


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