Monthly Archives: August 2012

Research

Yesterday, I dragged a couple of friends along to do some writing research with me. I got everyone up super early, jammed them all into my tiny car and drove all the way up to the Peak District (a National … Continue reading

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How much do you read?

Part of being a writer is reading other people’s works. And before you claim the beta reading you do as a favor to your friends is enough, I’m going to tell you that it isn’t. Here’s why you should read … Continue reading

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Batman says Stay Away from Cliches…Like the Dead Parents Plot Point

So we might be teaching the kids about cliches this year. I’m glad to say we don’t hear a lot of cliched phrases or plot points in the Den meeting room, but in case you get tempted, here’s 10 tips … Continue reading

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“Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.” – FDR

When I was browsing Tumblr, I stumbled upon this 2007 publication of poetry written by prisoners. So I did some minor digging (AKA, I typed in Urbana Champaign Books to Prisoners on Google) and I found this website that tries to provide books to … Continue reading

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On Forgetfulness

HAPPY THURSDAY!!! So, I forgot to write my blog post yesterday. I was too busy watching the Lorax (don’t bother with it) and losing miserably at the local pub quiz (“What does the ‘para’ stand for in the ‘paralympics’” Not. … Continue reading

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How writing is like running

This summer I’ve been coaching the freshman on my old high school’s cross country team, which has resulted in two things: 1. I’m running regularly for the first time in almost two years, and 2. I’ve been thinking a lot … Continue reading

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5 ways into a story

Dear fellow Denmates, I was working on my original scheduled blog post today for almost an hour, and then I accidentally exited my browser, so I lost all of my work and I’m too tired to start over again, sorry.  … Continue reading

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