Inspiration: Work, Not Woo-Woo

Those who don’t write seem fascinated by where story ideas come from, as if it’s some vast mystery. A few authors like to reinforce that impression by giving woo-woo explanations: the stories appear to them in dreams, they say, or the characters suddenly slip into their heads and begin to move and speak. Now, I’m…

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Synchronicity and the Writer

We’ve all experienced the odd synchronicity that comes with being a writer. We choose a name for a character only to have it show up next time we watch movie credits roll. We use some obscure mannerism in our books and it’s mentioned in the magazine we pick up at the dentist’s office. We create…

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Ten Tips for Productive Writing

  Create goals. Decide how many pages or words you can comfortably produce in a day, then mark these potential daily totals on your calendar. Be realistic. Allow for rest days, also days when life may intervene—since it always does. Set personal deadlines. Example: You have a six-month editorial deadline, but know you will need…

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Rhythm Method Writing

We are told by those who should know that people work better during certain stages of their circadian rhythm, normally when they reach their greatest core body temperature and corresponding optimum level of brain wave activity.  For writers, this equates to clearer thinking and greater creativity during these peak times. When this period occurs is…

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The Appeal of Romance Novels

Ah, romance, it’s everywhere.  It shows up in ancient plays and troubadour tales, in great literature and grand opera, in thrillers and suspense stories, in westerns, sci-fi adventures, paranormal epics and even hard-boiled mysteries.  It is an important element in thousands upon thousands of movies, giving light to the darkest of dramas and sanity to…

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