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Category Archives: Stimulus and Production

Writing Habit Help

I wish I hadn’t gotten out of the habit of writing every day. But, well, life happened. I got a job which became a career which quickly became a life that included responsibilities like car payments and mortgage payments and health insurance. Not to mention a wife and kid, followed by a divorce, health problems […]

Daily Photography

I encourage you to indulge in your hobby daily. My favorite hobby is photography. I’ve wanted to learn photography since I was in high school, but, until the birth of digital photography, it always felt beyond my reach.  I got interested again because, about ten years ago, someone asked me what I liked to do […]

The Inevitable Writer’s Block

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this month, you should be about two thirds done with your novel. If you’re not, don’t worry about it! And, either way, it seems like a good week to talk about writer’s block. Now, assuming that you’ve been writing this whole time, the most common forms of writer’s block, namely […]

Writing Advice

And encouragement! If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this month, you should be four days into your book today. But, maybe you’re cocky and are really just going to get started tonight after work. Either way, you can still do it! Fantastically prolific authors, especially some of the more well-known pulp writers, churned out books in very […]

Build Your World

Now you have a story and the characters in it, but what about the rest of your world? Most people think that only fantasy or science-fiction writers have to create a world for their writing, but even writers who create contemporary stories create their worlds. They just create a fictional world based more closely to […]

Create Your Characters

Now that you’ve got a story idea, who are the people in it? Often, a story is centered around a single, strong character, and you’ve already answered that question. But, what if you haven’t? Well, then, maybe I can help. First, if you need to flesh out an entire character, including a bit of family […]

Story Ideas

Need a NaNoWriMo story idea? Maybe you don’t. Maybe you’ve been thinking about this for a long time and you’re ready to start writing. If so, you’re golden and this is post is all academic for you. If not, this post is all about helping get you started. First of all, you have time before […]

MFA Quality Ideas

Well, maybe not quite, but, still, writing ideas. I know my posts probably seem a little random these days, but that’s because I have a lot going on.  For instance, I’m trying to adjust my personal schedule to get up early enough that I can spend a little time writing in the morning before going […]

Re-Organizing

It’s time to clean up my act. Seriously. My wife is a professional organizer and decorator, so those of you who know me well know how she suffered when she first moved in with me.  I hadn’t devolved into a complete hoarder, but I had gotten an unfortunately significant start.  She dug me out.  Honestly, […]

5 Photo Exercises

Did you get a new camera at Christmas? If you did, maybe you’re still learning just how that camera works.  I know, when I got my first digital camera it took weeks of fiddling around to get comfortable with it.  Not only that, but, since I hadn’t really been a photographer in the first place, there […]


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