WIP and Muses: Darlings Come-to-Life, Dragons, and Aliens

Right now, I can hear the rain falling. The only light on in our little apartment is the Lavender & Sage candle on my desk, and, despite the darkness outside, I can still hear birds singing. It’s been an interesting week. I took almost an entire week off from writing because lo and behold, I […]

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What is an Act?

You may think Acts are only used for Screenplays, but I’d like to tell you: we’re writers! We break all the rules! Actually, that’s not the only reason why writers use Acts. The three-Act plot structure is one of the oldest writing techniques to date. It’s famous for being used by playwrights like Shakespeare. But, […]

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Traditional Novel Structure: 3 Parts

The fun of reading is getting lost in a novel, isn’t it? You forget about character arcs, sentence structure, and subplots. Instead, you’re invested in the characters and you root for a satisfying resolution, whatever that may be. A well-structured novel allows readers to get lost in the story, because it has a strong foundation […]

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WIP And Muses: Mindfulness and the Arcana

The weekend is finally here. Let’s just take a second to breathe, because if you made it through this week without anything crazy happening, I applaud you. My family, friends, coworkers… it seemed like everyone was having a really hard time this week. I know I was. I like to consider myself a calm person, […]

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The Power of Story: How to Strengthen Your Novel Writing

Story doesn’t grab power. Story creates power. -Annette Simmons, The Story Factor   What is it that draws us to storytelling? It’s one of the oldest forms of communication in society and is used as a way to enchant and educate. From fables, to folktales, to novels, to lyrics, to poetry, and through many other […]

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Reblog: The Seeds 4 Life

I wanted to share this little gem I stumbled upon this morning- not just because it’s well-written, but because sometimes we need a little reminder of why we do what we do. You may not see the affects of your efforts until long after you’ve made something a habit, but in time your choices make […]

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Adverbs: How To Strengthen Your Sentences

Hello writer friends, and welcome to another post on how to master description in writing. I’ve spoken to you about exposition and purple prose so far- these are stylistic approaches to description. This post, however, focuses on the technical side of description. Namely: Adverbs. I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and […]

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