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How Do You Define Success?

Silhouette of figure on a hilltop with text: What Does Success Look Like to Us?

Our definition of success will affect our happiness. So let’s walk through how we might define our success—as well as what it means if we haven’t yet “succeeded.”

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October 12, 2017

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Genre -Is- Worldbuilding

Blueprint of a house with text: Building Our Story World with Genre

An article comparing the Arrival movie to its short story inspiration triggered me to see Genre differently. In short, our story’s genre is simply the worldbuilding “lens” we use to explore our story’s meaning.

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October 10, 2017

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NaNo Prep: Getting a Handle on Our Story

Orange sand in hourglass with text: Ready for NaNo? Understanding Our Story

To make NaNo work for us, we need to figure out our goals for the experience—and there’s no wrong answer. However, if our goal is to create a coherent story, we should try to understand story structure.

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October 5, 2017

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Do You Share Your Expertise?

Sheet of music composition with text: What's Your Expertise? Now Share It!

As a writer we can suffer from the impostor syndrome, feeling like a newbie many times over. But we all have expertise in something, and now’s your chance to help others and share what you know.

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October 3, 2017

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Sexy Scenes: Open Door or Closed Door?

Ladybugs mating on a flower with text: How Much Intimacy Should We Show?

There’s no right or wrong answer for how to depict intimacy in our writing—only what’s right for our story. The “right” amount can depend on our genre, our characters, their situation, their emotional journey, and our target audience.

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September 28, 2017

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