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January 23, 2017

Time and time again I’ve heard: a story's magic is found in the details, but a lot of it is not. In fact, when I read, most of that magic is found in the gaps, the holes that my imagination fill. Believe it or not, but those holes can make your story more vivid to...

January 9, 2017

As writers and/or artists it is our worst fear to be the victim of plagiarism. As people of creation, when we write a story or poem we are bleeding our essence into every word, every letter. When creating a sculpture we cut away and cut away at the clay until we see a...

December 19, 2016

Deadlines. No one likes them. I have just about as much enthusiasm for them as Douglas Adams did when he wrote the passage, “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

When I'm nearing a deadline I have a constant, unbearable tightness in my...

December 5, 2016

We all want to grow as writers, but in order to do so sometimes we have to step outside of our comfort zone. If you're anything like me, then some of the following ways we can do this will probably intimidate you and even scare you. Writing conferences! EEK! So many pe...

November 21, 2016

Much like reading, writing is my escape from the mundane, the eternal drizzle outside my window, the ugly, heavy emotions I can't find a place for. It's an escape to a different world, a culture more interesting than my own, an entirely different life. One where fairie...

November 8, 2016

Hey you. Yes, you. The one with the look of rejection plastered on your face, the artistic deprivation plainly obvious in your vacant eyes. You are at your lowest right now, writing wise. I've been where you are. I've felt your pain. If I could go back to the person I...

October 17, 2016

“I saw the days of the year stretching ahead like a series of bright, white boxes, and separating one box from another was sleep, like a black shade. Only for me, the long perspective of shades that set off one box from the next day had suddenly snapped up, and I could...

October 2, 2016

After overwhelmingly positive feedback amongst readers on Amazon and Goodreads with his debut novel, The Replacement, author ‘Jason Pellegrini, is at it again, releasing his second novel this November. Entitled Booth, Pellegrini’s latest release is an intense story of...

September 19, 2016

Branching off from last weeks topic on writing groups, I want to explore the topic of constructive criticism. The Wikipedia definition for constructive criticism is: “...the process of offering valid and well-reasoned opinions about the work of others, usually involvin...

September 5, 2016

Something was haunting me. It was annoying and big and ugly, this haunt. It followed me. Everywhere. Sometimes I couldn't think straight. Sometimes it made me anxious, moody, depressed. Sometimes it kept me up at night, which isn't good for a mom of two kids under the...

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