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Punctuate This

Improve Your Writing With The “Punctuate This” Challenge

I got this writing exercise from one of my mentors, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, at a workshop I did a few years back. I found it very instructive. It's simple to explain, and much harder to do.

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Writing Prompts

Beat the Blank Page With These Weird Writing Prompts

Welcome! I've written some of my favorite stories with simple writing prompts that have encouraged my imagination to come up with things I probably wouldn't have come up with otherwise. Check back each

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Beholder's Eye

Favorite Author Reread: Beholder’s Eye by Julie E. Czerneda

I've started rereading Julie E. Czerneda's Web Shifters series beginning with the first book, Beholder's Eye. Czerneda is one of my favorite authors and I enjoy going back and experiencing her character's

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How to write amazing characters like Stephen King

How to Write Amazing Characters Like Stephen King

I love Stephen King's books and especially his characters. I once sat on the floor reading Dolores Claiborne instead of packing for a move. I hadn't planned to sit and read the entire book. I picked it

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Traveler

Is Traveler the Ultimate Distraction-Free Writing Tool?

Astrohaus, the company behind the Freewrite, launched a new crowd-sourcing campaign today for the Traveler. The e-ink writing laptop, billed as the ultimate distraction-free writing tool reached its funding

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Dictation

Dictation Redux

One of the pleasures of being a librarian is sharing resources with people. When it comes to making recommendations on books, we tend to talk about "readers advisory." I think there is also a place for

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number 42

42 Answers to the Question, “Why Blog?”

The Number 42Few writers have made as much of an impression as Douglas Adams on my imagination. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy remains one of my favorite books.“Forty-two,” said Deep Thought,

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Books Gone Bad Bundle

Books Gone Bad Bundle

The Books Gone Bad Bundle with my story Invasion of the Book Snatchers on BundleRabbit is now available for pre-order at Amazon, iBooks, etc. with a release date of July 27th. I'm excited to have

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Python

Using Python to Generate Story or Novel Titles

Writing doesn’t require learning to code. But you can have fun, save time, and improve creativity by learning at least some coding. Even something as simple as creating a word count tracker can help

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Novlr

Introducing Your New Writing Tool – Novlr

I’ve been known to bounce around trying out different writing software. I’ve tried a range of programs including Microsoft Word, Scrivener, StoryBox, yWriter, Omniwriter, Write or Die, Wattpad, Evernote,

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