Random Musings

The Hero’s Arc: What’s Your Journey?

June 20, 2017 Random Musings
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In storytelling, we often talk about the arc of our hero—the path of change and improvement they follow while trying to reach their goals and satisfy their desires. Like our characters, we have an arc, and we can take lessons from the hero’s journey of our characters and apply it to our life.

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Self-Publishing Resources: For Fun and Profit

May 23, 2017 Random Musings
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In the writing and self-publishing world, writers encounter a lot of services that cost money. Some of them are solid resources that are worth it if they work for our processes. Others…? Not so much. That’s why it’s always nice to discover free resources or discounted services.

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Genre Reading: Is “Escapism” a Bad Thing?

April 18, 2017 For Readers
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Certain types of reading are sometimes valued more than others. One descriptive term that’s often used as a put-down for genre stories is escapism, but is romance or any other genre story really “escapism”? What does that mean? Is escapism a “bad” thing, and if so, why?

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Faking It: Making Our Actions Count

February 28, 2017 Random Musings
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We’ve probably all heard the phrase: Fake it until you make it. Faking it isn’t always easy, but the effort of faking it can push us forward. Over time, we’ll often discover we’re not faking it anymore. What would be even better, though, was if faking it wasn’t as hard, right?

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The Best Reason to Blog — 2016 Edition

November 24, 2016 Random Musings
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I purposely follow those I don’t agree with on social media because I want to learn. It’s that same thirst for knowledge that makes me so happy to share my blog with guest posters during NaNoWriMo month. Through the power of guest posts, we’ve been blessed to learn from other perspectives here.

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7 Steps to Making Envy Work for You — Guest: Red L. Jameson

November 8, 2016 Random Musings
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At some point in our writing journey, we’re likely to get discouraged, but we don’t have to stay that way. Yet overcoming discouragement can be a lot of work, so Red L. Jameson is here with us today to share how to turn envy into something that will give us strength and help us on our journey.

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When Fiction Is Better Behaved than Reality

October 11, 2016 For Readers
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Recently, the U.S. election insanity dragged in the romance genre. Uh, wait, what? Some memes have claimed women shouldn’t be mad about the words used in Trump’s bragging because…Fifty Shades of Grey. Let’s explore this idea—without politics. *smile*

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Why Is “Unlikable” Often a Deal-Breaker for Readers?

June 21, 2016 Random Musings
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A recent article about unlikable heroines pointed out that likability is often more of a problem for female characters than for male characters. While I’ve learned how to minimize those issues with my characters, the problem still rankles me.

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Egos in Publishing: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

March 22, 2016 Random Musings
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Everyone has an ego, a sense of how they fit into the world. In the publishing world, that “everyone” includes the newbie writer and the multi-published NYT bestseller, the professionals of traditional publishing and self-publishing. Sometimes egos are healthy and helpful for getting things done. Other times…not so much.

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Working for “Exposure”? Get the Most Out of It

February 18, 2016 Random Musings
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We’ve been discussing when we might be willing to be paid in “exposure.” There are valid reasons for deciding that more exposure will be good for our long-term plans. However, we’d want to make sure that exposure actually materializes in a helpful way and works hard for us.

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