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Monday Muse: The Countdown

November 17, 2014

“There’s a countdown toward Midnight of the New Year. Something happens at the stroke of 12. What is it?” – 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts * * * The coffee shop bustled. Men and women, drunk from the night’s celebrations, swarmed in and around her as Noah Hill slowly sipped her cappuccino and watched the numbers slowly tick downward. Two minutes, most of them said. Some sooner, some later, but all within a few moments from the time the clock would strike midnight and the New Year would begin. So many people were going to die tonight. She sighed and watched a man and woman make their way toward central downtown, where the big countdown to 2020 was held. Numbers flickered in gold above their heads. One minute and forty-six seconds. One minute and forty-five seconds. One minute and forty-four seconds. They disappeared around the corner, away from Noah’s relative silence toward the craziness and noise downtown. Every time something like […]

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Writing Quickguide: Colons and Semicolons.

November 12, 2014

Hey guys! I get a lot of questions about punctuation and basic skills like that, so I figured I’d take the time to write a few blog posts every once in a while that go over some of the rules we learned in high school but may have forgotten (or may not have actually learned in high school because a lot of high schools actually kind of suck at that). Is this something you’d be interested in reading? I know there are a lot of resources out there for you already, but this kind of thing also keeps me up to date and making sure I do understand the rules the way I think I do. It’s a good practice for everyone involved! Anyway, that being said, today I took a look at two of my favorite punctuation marks, which also happen to be two of the most frequently misused ones: the colon and the semicolon. The difference between a […]

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Monday Muse: The Horde

November 10, 2014

“Write about a day in the life of a member of the herd. I mean horde.” –Zombie Prompts: Creative Writing for the Apocalypse * * * Everything was gray. The sun raised up and peeked through the fog. It cast long, dark shadows across the red-streaked concrete. It ambled from one side of the driveway to the other, slowly dragging one broken foot behind it like a club. Every other step made the same sssshhhhhht-crack! sound as the exposed bones ground against the hard surface beneath it and painted a crippled, bloody line. Once, the thing may have felt the warmth from the first morning rays like a blessing. Once, it may have recognized the passing of time, the dawn of a new day, and all that could come with it. Now, though, it recognized only one thing, and that thing didn’t depend on sunlight or warmth or any of the other things many people found comforting these days. All […]

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Why it’s worth giving National Novel Writing Month a try.

November 7, 2014

Anyone who talked to me before this time last year probably heard a few of my opinions on National Novel Writing Month–several of which were more or less against the idea of taking part in the highly popular, thirty-day writing event. I decided I had to give it a try myself before I really sat there and tried to say National Novel Writing Month wasn’t really as great as everyone makes it out to be. While this year I am not partaking (being pregnant makes it difficult–so does being overwhelmingly swamped with work), I’m really glad I took the time to do it last year. There were a few things I did that weren’t exactly smart–such as deciding to do National Novel Writing Month in the same year that I did my crazy-intense “write a blog a day” thing, as well as insisting that I was going to actually write one complete novel and not count at NaNo’s suggested 50,000 […]

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Pros and cons to the “edit as you go” mentality.

November 5, 2014

When I write, especially when I’m working on creative pieces like short stories and novels, I have this habit of editing as I go. This is one of those things you’ll hear a lot of other writers say you should never, ever do, as, they claim, you’ll never finish a book that way. Since I’ve finished four books that way (and one of them I’ve rewritten four times), I’m going to say that they’re lying and it’s absolutely possible to edit as you write and finish your novel. I even did this when I was doing National Novel Writing Month last year, and not only did I manage to hit the 50,000 word mark, I managed to finish the book entirely at over 80,000 words. (We’ll ignore the fact that I realized toward the end that I had been following the wrong character the whole time and I’ll need to redo the whole damned outline to address this mishap. I […]

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