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Creating Tension with Lizard-brain Writing

(This is one of my most popular posts; it originally appeared on the Writers in the Storm blog in 2015.) Writers love their brains: We exploit our highly evolved prefrontal…

How to Weave in Backstory without Stalling Out Your Story

(This article originally appeared in Writer Unboxed here.) Your characters don’t just spring to life at the beginning of your story. If you’ve developed them fully, they are “real,” three-dimensional…

You Are a Writer, No Matter What

I’m writing this at the end of a hard year, as disheartening a year as many of us have ever known. I’m not going to recap the many offenses of…

How to Know When to Quit Writing

I started writing almost from the moment I knew how, wanting even as a little kid to give voice to the worlds that lived in my head, to emulate the…
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