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Learning to Write from the Ides of March

In honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, here’s a blog post from a few years (and one month) back.   It’s March 15, the famous Ides of … Continue reading

April 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hidden Meanings in a Story Every Author Finds

Finding messages and meanings in your story you didn’t know were there. Remember that high school or college English class where a student pointed out some hidden meaning in a … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

5 Steps to Making Your Minor Characters Exciting

Keep your characters from blending into the background. (This is the second part of a two-part post. Click to read 5 Steps to Making Minor Historical Figures Exciting.) I’ve known … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

5 Steps to Making Minor Historical Figures Exciting

(This is the first of two parts. The second focuses on fiction – Five Steps to Making Your Minor Characters Exciting) Everybody has a story to tell, but some stories … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · 3 Comments

What’s Your Motivation to Write?

Psychologists say there are two types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsically motivated people do it for the satisfaction; extrinsically motivated people do it for the reward. Both approaches work, … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Keep Your New Year’s Writing Resolution

Is it really all about commitment to the craft of writing or is there another way? There’s this image of the writer slaving away at the computer for endless hours … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · Leave a comment