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4 Steps to Writing Organically, Part II – Viewpoints, Mimicry and Imagination
“[Creativity is] like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” ~E.L. DoctorowThink of writing like sailing a massive ship. There are an enormous number of mechanical actions that synergistically combine to keep the ship plowing forward through the waves. It behooves

Pantser or Plotter: 4 Steps to Writing Organically (and the Science Behind Why You Should) – Part 1
After my last blog post on the four things you must know before starting a novel, in which I suggested not inventing a character, kingdom or creature until the story calls for it, a number of readers wrote in to ask, should nothing be planned? My answer is absolutely plan the four points on the list I gave you

How to Avoid Cliches (or The 4 Things You MUST Know Before Starting A Novel)
A reader recently wrote to me and asked, how do you write a novel when every time you start (oh, so many times!) you get a few chapters in and suddenly become deluged with doubts? And how, when you’re so well-read in the genre that you’ve read it all and seen it all a hundred