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Navigating Different Creative Seasons

By Abby J. Reed

The weather is finally changing! (Was fall late wherever you live as well?) Watching the leaves slowly molt from green to brown makes me think about the different creative seasons in our lives. I know I tend to blog a lot about different seasons and rhythms, but I think it’s because they are as inescapable as gravity. You can ignore the rules of physics as long as you want, but in the end, Newton’s Law wins. I can burrow straight through all the different seasons of my life, ignoring all of life’s signals, but it the end, it’s gonna catch up and the price is steep when delayed.

We have rich times where our minds explode with stories. We have dry times where we can’t make anything, but . . .

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Listen to Your Critics.

They Might Be Right.

By Nancy Massand

Wow, that’s really good!

You just submitted your latest draft to your critique group. Or your writing class. You bask in their praise. You are an author! Then you shop it around to every agent with a penchant for steampunk YA time travel fantasy romance, because you just know it’s gonna be a best seller. But no agent will touch it. Most don’t even reply. What happened?

What happened was that you stopped . . .

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Lessons on story depth learned from a painting

By Ryan Jo Summers

Recently I was at a house, looking at a painting on the wall. It was a wooded scene with lots of trees, created to look like an autumn forest. What really caught my eye wasn’t the trees, but a tan smear cutting through the middle of the canvas. Beginning wider in the middle, or front, of the picture, it wound around the trees and narrowed at the back of the canvas. Except there was no front and back as this was a flat canvas.

How did a single ribbon of contrasting tan paint make the whole picture of trees look like a forest with a dirt trail leading away? That is the mystery of art. And it got me to thinking about how that pertains to writing. . . .

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In Praise of Quotes

By Joanne Guidoccio

In my late teens, I started a quote collection. I would underline sentences (and sometimes entire paragraphs) in books and jot down inspiring thoughts from other print media. I would then copy these words of wisdom into a journal. When I joined Pinterest, I set aside a page—Words I Love— where I recopied these words of wisdom. To date, I have accumulated over 400 quotes.

Maintaining a personal collection of quotes has helped me immensely. Here are some of the benefits I have discovered: . . .

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By Rote with Ryan: Including details in your writing

By Ryan Jo Summers

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Quick question: what are your hands doing right now? One answer is they are probably scrolling the mouse down the screen of this article. Yet what about your other hand, the one not needed for scrolling right now? What were they each doing a minute ago? Five minutes ago? . . .

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Marisa Makes Memories

By Marisa Dillion

The Voice. Not the TV Show that makes stars out of everyday people, but the authorial voice. The one that makes Nora Roberts a literary star and sets her apart from Silvia Day, another New York Times best-selling author.

Given a blank cover, with no title page or acknowledgements, would you be able to tell the difference between a quote from a Nicholas Sparks novel or an excerpt out of an Eloisa James tome? Let’s test your mettle:

“Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can.”

“If you don’t mind a word of advice, one never asks a lady to set her own price. If you have to ask, the answer will always be more than you can afford.”

Of course, you guessed it. The first is a quote from. . .

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By Rote with Ryan: How Writing is Like Garage Sales

By Ryan Jo Summers

Late August is National Garage Sale Day. I guess it’s a final push to celebrate summer by offering the by-products of all that spring and summer cleaning we’ve been doing while making a little cash in the process. And one more project to do with the kids before they prepare to return to school.

In addition to stirring up some memories, it also got me to thinking how Writing–and its twin sister Promoting–are . . .

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