Category Archives: Writing

How to Write a Banned Book

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It’s no mystery why people love things that are banned. The theory behind it has been called psychological reactance, which simply stated means that people’s desire for freedom kicks into gear when a restriction is put on them. We all know it happens – whether it’s the hot girl in high school who was dating someone else, the brownies that… Read more »

Sources of Inspiration

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I don’t think I’m abnormal as a writer in that I love writing and… let’s say… am not a big fan of editing. No matter how busy a day I had at work, I find I can sit down and write a couple thousand words. Doesn’t feel like work at all. Just an enjoyable expression of creativity. Editing is another… Read more »

The Movie Wasn’t as Good as the Book…

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I suppose as an author (as opposed to a screenwriter), my headline above should come out of my mouth more often. But I do love movies, so I often end up on the wrong side of that statement. Maybe it’s because life is busy, and there’s a satisfaction that comes with being “fed” a movie on a Friday night after… Read more »

Foreign Languages in English Novels

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I could use some feedback…. I’m working on the second book in the HISTORY AMENDED trilogy, a part of which takes place in Russia. As I’ve been writing the first draft, my intent has been to write the parts that are spoken in Russian in actual Russian without translation, and then refer to the translation in how the point-of-view character… Read more »

How I Use Improv (Kind Of) in My Writing

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I picked up this article off of Twitter the other day (thanks @caferebee for posting): Top 10 Essentials to a Writer’s Life, published by Writer’s Digest. I particularly like #5 on the list – “Knowing where to stop.” I’ve always found that to be a worthwhile practice, closing up shop for the night at a point where you know you’ll… Read more »

Reading with Emotion

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I don’t read with emotion. For some reason, the way I approach a novel is to get lost in story structure, get deep into the characters and what makes them tick, and try to imagine myself in their situations. I often fly right past the emotion – whether it be sadness, happiness, anger or humor. When people describe to me… Read more »