Finding the meaning

What’s the point?  In life and in writing, I ask myself this a lot.  One of the ways I challenge myself to get through a story is to focus on how fun the next one will be.  “Okay,” I tell myself, “this story may not seem significant, but I should keep going and finish it…

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Identity in Fiction

There’s such potential in fiction to educate and inform, and sometimes I feel like this gets overlooked in the rush to create things that are new and different.  Some science fiction comes with a message, a parallel drawn in speculation of the future to familiar issues our society is facing today. But stories can be…

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“A little at a time” is a lie

National Novel Writing Month is an inspiring and often epic 30-day dream of writing 50,000 words. It has three easy-to-follow steps: Start at 0 on November 1st. Write 1,667 words every day of the month. Finish with 50,000 words on November 30th. Brilliant!  Except I’ve never once, in my 15 years of completing NaNoWriMo, done…

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