Exercises

Exercise: Twisted Tales

Flash fiction is a short form story, usually of under a thousand words. It can be difficult to completely tell a story in such a small space, but it can also create an intense and riveting story. Some exercises to try: In 500 words or less, tell the story of Sleeping Beauty's worst nightmare and… Continue reading Exercise: Twisted Tales

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Exercises

Exercise: When I Grow Up

Every little kid has dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. Your characters are no different.   As an exercise: Make a list of your characters and write down what they wanted to be when they were small. Also write down what they actually become and how that compares to their childhood… Continue reading Exercise: When I Grow Up

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Writer’s Reference Guide: Albatross

The albatross is a well-known figure in literature thanks to Coelridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner. How much do you actually know about these seabirds? Check out some quick facts about the birds that can fly for days and live for sixty years or more! Name. Albatross is used to refer to any large sea… Continue reading Writer’s Reference Guide: Albatross

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On Not Winning NaNo

I didn’t actually finish NaNoWriMo this year. I stopped a little under 10k short of hitting fifty thousand. After I threw out my outline (and subsequently ended up restarting to try and get out of the stilted opening) I kept going with my original plan of giving myself a set time for each scene. That… Continue reading On Not Winning NaNo

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NaNoWriMo ’22 Update

We’re approaching the halfway mark on NaNo which is a good time to check in and see how things are going. If you’re falling behind, try not to stress! Instead, remind yourself that NaNo is a challenge for many different reasons and it doesn’t suit everyone’s process or every story. You’re making progress and that… Continue reading NaNoWriMo ’22 Update