Craft, For Writers

5 Things I’ve Learned About Motivation

Last week, I blogged about conflict, and I told you that when my understanding of conflict finally dawned, it was one of the most profound moments of my writing career. The day I really began to understand motivation was another. I'd learned all about motivation before I really started writing seriously--or so I thought. Turns… Continue reading 5 Things I’ve Learned About Motivation

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Editing/Critiquing, For Writers

September #Critique Special

Every once in a while, it's fun to do something different, don't you agree? Because I have a September birthday, I usually grow introspective during the month of August as the end of another year of my life draws to a close and I get ready to adjust to being a year older. The other… Continue reading September #Critique Special

Craft, For Writers

5 Things I’ve Learned About Conflict

Last week, I shared five things I've learned over the years about creating fictional characters . I decided to continue in that vein today, this time talking about conflict. I've spent the past 24 years or so teaching classes and conducting workshops on writing, and I don't mind telling you that when I had an… Continue reading 5 Things I’ve Learned About Conflict

Craft, For Writers

5 Things I’ve Learned About Creating Fictional Characters

It's been a while since I took the time to write an actual blog post here. After more than twenty years of teaching workshops and mentoring other writers, I felt as if I'd said all I had to say on the subject of writing and figured anybody who read this blog had already heard it… Continue reading 5 Things I’ve Learned About Creating Fictional Characters