Writing Advice

7 Powerful Lessons Every New Writer Needs to Know (Infographic)

7 Nov , 2017  

Writing is a lot of fun, and it’s also a lot of work. Sure, there is plenty of advice out there about how to write something, and there are tons of talking heads ready to tell you exactly how to get rich quick, but when the spiel stops spilling and all that’s left is you […]

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Short Stories

The Beautiful Truth of Bones (Flash Fiction)

6 Nov , 2017  

“You really should take off the mask, Nicolai, it’s November now. Halloween is over.” Gregory walked around the back of Nicolai and reached over, picking up the sugar. As was common whenever he got close to his best friend, he felt the coldness Nicolai carried everywhere with him like suddenly being dipped in chill water.¬†

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5 Free Tools to Make Writing for Wattpad Brilliantly Easy

2 Nov , 2017  

Writing requires a lot of discipline and self belief. No arguments there. But there are some things that can make the process easier, particularly when you’re writing stories on the thrilling platform that is Wattpad! Whether you want to know where to get high quality images or how to make eye-catching covers, through to where […]

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Monthly Gratitude: Things I’m Thankful for This October

31 Oct , 2017  

November is right around the corner and I’m here feeling like I barely sank my teeth into October at all. Nevertheless, it’s been a great month full of inky delights, and I wanted to share some things that have made me grateful to be living the writer’s life. So, without further ado: 1.¬† Inktober I […]

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Beat Procrastination Today By Starting When You’re NOT Ready

30 Oct , 2017  

Writers are procrastinators. Okay, that’s a bold statement, and I’m not sure that it will hold true for absolutely every writer out there. But in general, out of the writers I know and the many interviews I’ve read with writers talking about their habits, there does seem to be a tendency to procrastinate. That’s maybe […]

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Heartsnare One Year On: A Journey From Depression to Joy

27 Oct , 2017  

She asked me, “Why do you think that is? Why have you disengaged from it?” And I answered her, “I didn’t think I had.” My therapist looked back at me with her usual (somewhat vexing) patience, waiting for me to know what I already knew. “Because I love that book. And if it fails, everything […]

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Why I Love The Magic of Pen and Paper for My First Drafts

26 Oct , 2017  

There is a lot to be said for great writing tools like Scrivener, Evernote and even Google Docs. I personally love Scrivener’s flexibility for simplifying nearly all stages of my workflow, from planning to character outlining, location notes and more. When I’m prepping a story for completion I switch between Scrivener and Google Docs to […]

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Where Do I Find Exciting New Story Ideas?

17 Oct , 2017  

Coming up with ideas can be difficult, especially if like me you’re writing for a large portion of the day every day. There are some sessions when my head is buzzing with possible stories, when I’m racing to get to the keyboard. When I’m alive with the sound of music. No, wait, that’s…never mind. And […]

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Short Stories

Story Prompt Sessions: The Run

14 Oct , 2017  

Using story prompts is one of the best ways to get a writer’s brain firing. In this series, I’ll be taking an image I’ve found around the web and using it as a jumping-off point for a quick fiction write. The best part? I’d love to see how you interpret the picture in your own […]

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6 Quick Tips for Stories that Scare (+ Spooky Prompts!)

13 Oct , 2017  

As someone who writes dark fantasy books, I’m always interested in what makes a reader’s skin crawl. You know the feeling. When it’s 4 am and you’re in the house alone and that shadow outside your door looks sort of threatening and it half reminds you of a story you read… Yes, that! I want […]

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