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That’s what makes up the fibers of the desk at which I sit. My thoughts rampant, as I’m left staring at the light brown textures; forever lost within their sporadic rings. Trapped.

The outside world is fading from my mind, as events and tribulations overwhelm my being. Question, fired by the fuel of doubt, is embedded in the forefront of these conceptual images.

Is it fixable? Is any of it within the realm of repair? Continue reading

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Writers: Don’t do NaNoWriMo. Please. Don’t do it.

Great analysis on how NaNoWriMo can damage a writer’s mindset on the craft, or ruin their passion all together.

As stated, it’s not about how fast you put the nails in, and bang out a house that can be blown over by wind from the slightest bit of plot critique. It’s about the quality of the nails, their precision and function within the structure, and the overall appeal of the finished product.

Once again, great job, Sean.

SeanMunger.com

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Let’s say you’re a writer. Perhaps you’re starting out for the very first time hoping to write that novel you’ve been dreaming about for a long time. Maybe you’ve had some writing experience but haven’t really taken the plunge. Today is October 16, and in a few weeks, on November 1, an event that is ostensibly custom-made for you will begin: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). As a writer myself, I have a simple piece of advice for you.

Don’t do it. Don’t do NaNoWriMo.

Before the writers in my audience go to their WordPress readers and unsubscribe my blog, before they unfollow me on Twitter or un-like all my articles, before they send a mob of peasants with torches and pitchforks to hunt me down for speaking this blasphemy, let me explain. Just hear me out.

I believe that NaNoWriMo is a net negative for new writers. I think…

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Writing Tips: Logic, Science, and the Unknown

Writing Tips: Logic, Science, and the Unknown

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This writing blog is controversial, as people tend to have very different beliefs on the origin of life. Personally, I believe in logic, and what science tells us.  You may believe in a God or some other type of spiritual being, or you may have other beliefs.

That’s fine.

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Writing Tips: Studying Other Arts

                              Writing Tips: Studying Other Arts

Many writers say that writing is the purest art of them all, and although it’s one of the main components of art, it was the last form in a complex web of different evolutionary changes. If you think about telling stories around the campfire, and how natural it is, it makes one wonder just how long we’ve been doing it. That’s something science would have a very difficult time proving Continue reading

Writing Tips : Show and Tell

Writing Tips: Show and Tell

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Time for show and tell! I hope everyone brought their favorite toys or adventures to share with the class!

OK, well, maybe we’re not doing that kind of show and tell, but hey I thought it was a good opener.

The differences between showing and telling with writing are summarized in the basic form of their words. Showing, ultimately, means that you are presenting something, in detail, to someone else, in order to convey a certain message, story, innovation, etc. They can see it, feel it, and come up with their own idea of what your presenting. Continue reading

Writing Tips : 5 Don’ts of Writing

Writing Wednesday: 5 Major Don’ts of Writing

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I know what you’re thinking…My God, he’s doing another list blog. I will admit that I’m running short of ideas (I’d love to hear your suggestions), and this list was the best out of three I could come up with.

Trust me…You don’t even want to hear about the other two.

Either way, I’d love to hear your suggestions for what you think the next writing blog should be about. Ask me questions and I will write a blog to answer them, either by teaching from my own experience, researching others, or both. Let’s keep learning and talking about writing. Continue reading