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Writing Memorable Characters


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From the misunderstood Lady Macbeth to the beloved Wilbur the pig, some literary characters stick with us long after the story ends. They are powerful, conniving, selfless, greedy and, most of all, far from ordinary. Like Paul Bunyan, these unforgettable characters tower over the rest and make even the most mundane moments seem larger-than-life.

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So how can you turn your run-of-the-mill lumberjack into a literary giant? (more…)

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Writer vs. Dr. Dread


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You know that moment halfway through a sentence when a sour taste creeps up the back of your throat? Is it the coffee and candy straws you ate for breakfast making an unwanted reappearance? Nope, it’s that crusty slimeball of awfulness I call Dr. Dread.49710_XXX_v1And no, he’s not a delicious combination of Jamaican seasonings, but he is a real jerk. I’m talking about fear. (more…)

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My Favorite Writing Tips #4-10!


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I’m back with numbers 4-10 of my favorite writing tips! This is a super fluid list, but in keeping with my presentation earlier this year at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library Writing Conference, here they are:

4. Learn to love revision

So true!!! You’ll do a ton of revising before ever submitting (hopefully), and then once you have an editor, the revision really begins. If you’re serious about writing, be prepared to go all in on the revising front. And, hey, it always helps if you love what you do, so figure out a way to love revising. If all goes to plan, you’ll end up with a stronger, deeper manuscript in the end. (more…)