Archive | October, 2014
Paradox

Free Your Writing With Limits


I love a good paradox and this is one of my favorites: the best way to set your creativity free is to impose creative constraints. Poets do it all the time. The sonnet, haiku, sestina, villanelle, quatrains, even the common limerick are all examples of the structures and constraints poets use to keep their writing […]

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Random Scene Generator: 10 Steps to Solve the “I don’t know what to write” Problem


A couple of years ago, I created a Random Scene Generator (RSG) as a birthday present for a friend to use when she wanted to kickstart her daily NaNoWriMo writing. Even if you aren’t doing NaNoWriMo, you can still play with the RSG. My friend, known as ShildeInMN to other Wrimos, says “You could call […]

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New Book Update: Structure Gives Writing Freedom to Evolve


My previous post introduced the paradox that imposing structure as I revise my novel gives me more creative freedom. This “structured freedom” allows characters and scenes to evolve with dissolving. How the Draft Evolves by Changing Locations This how my drafting evolved when I started adding new scenes for my new POV character Kat: Day […]

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New Book Update: Creating Freedom from Structure


I love possibilities. I prefer to keep my options open. Too much structure makes me feel like I’m straightjacketed. (I’m an NP on the MBTI if you know what I mean). But I’m imposing structure as I revise my novel and still enjoying creative spontaneity. I never imagined that so much freedom could come from […]

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How to Make Reality Fit the Writing Plan


We’ve all had days when the writing reality didn’t match the plan. We’ve all started out with great intentions to write but somehow ended up listening to the siren’s call and crashing ourselves on the rocks of social media, email and other e-stimuli. It’s not the fault of your will power or a character flaw. […]

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