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Category Archives: The Tools

Free Creative Business Course

Seems like everyone is looking for a “side hustle” these days. Personally, I’ve never felt very comfortable in a real entrepreneurial role, but even I have gone hunting for a side business on occasion, trying to get a leg up. When I was in college, I wrote. I’d always had the idea that I might […]

Character Records

Keeping your dramatis personae straight can be a chore. Back in the day, when I played Dungeons and Dragons, my favorite part of the game was creating characters. I know, it’s weird, but, there it is. I don’t know what it was about filling out the forms, either the ones we created or the fancy […]

A Vulgar Tongue

Language is the key to culture, real or imagined. Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a dyed-in-the-wool geek. I mean, totally hardcore. I started playing Dungeons and Dragons in the Seventh Grade and did, on and off, through college. I still, to this day, have a significant bookshelf of roleplaying games, […]

Building a Great Minimalist Studio

Another resource for photographers. I think one of the reasons I initially was interested in photography was because I was shy, but wanted to meet people. I figured that a photographer would meet beautiful people, which seemed like a great idea in my teens and twenties.  Actually, it’s still not a bad idea, except I’m […]

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 […]

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 […]

Actual Writing Tools

Now, you’ve got your setting, characters and story, so all you have to do is write it. Easy, right? Okay, maybe not so much, but still totally doable, so don’t despair. This week I’m going to talk exclusively about tools to do the actual writing with.  There are a lot of fancy software packages for […]

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 […]


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