writing advice

Advice: “I’m afraid I’ll mess up.”

Recently, I was talking with an author whom I greatly respect. Seriously, this lady is awesome… I’m not gonna say who she is, though.  During the conversation, I asked her about the status of her new book, and she confessed that her progress had slowed badly, and she in fact had not gotten anywhere…

Suspension of Disbelief

How much realism does a story need?  Well, clearly it has to be plausible, otherwise your readers will throw the book down in disgust.  Guides litter the internet and bookshelves – how-tos of making your work plausible.  These are really awesome, but it does raise a question.  How “real” should a story be?

How To Beat Writer’s Block

You Can Beat Writer’s Block With This One Simple Trick! …man, writing that clickbait line made me feel bad.  Okay, here’s a more practical article.  Writer’ Block would be a dangerous, deadly foe of all writers if it were real, but it isn’t. Did you hear me?  No such thing.  It’s all an illusion.

It’s Your Ashtray

Remember when you were in summer camp, and took a pottery class, and they made you make an ashtray for your smoking parents?  One that your parents displayed with pride even though it looked a lot worse than the one in this photo?  It’s relevant to this post, I swear.

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