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Sunday Check-in 5

How it’s going: Hahaha. Revised an old YA novel, built the revision pathway, identified major themes to flesh out. Started ...
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Mistake 2: Can You See Your Protagonist?

I wrote eighteen drafts of my first, real, live, going to finish this sucker if it kills me, novel without ...
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Community: Find Your Guru

When I was fourteen, I knew everything. And I was insufferable. I can admit that now. When I was fourteen, ...
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Structure: Proving the Premise

Lajos Egri’s The Art of Dramatic Writing took me on a deep dive of the theory behind the parts of ...
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Practice: Read More

To be a good writer, you must read widely. I don’t have to put that in quotation marks because every ...
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Conversation: Black Panther

There’s a scene in Black Panther that made me laugh at the layers upon layers of conversation. Winston Duke, who ...
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Structure: Souza Marches

Hear me out. I played flute in high school, in the marching band, and was soundly terrible. That isn’t the ...
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Sunday Check-In 4

How it’s going: It still isn’t. I have revised a short work, written a picture book, and revised an essay. ...
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Mistake 10: Enough – Villains and Antagonists

In Draft No. 4 by John McPhee, he mentions the process of greening. Greening is what other writers would probably ...
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Practice: Inhale, Exhale

I learned this opener and closer trick from Linda Sue Park, at a conference many years ago. Not that many ...