Where to Find a Writing Community

Where to Find a Writing Community

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While there are a lot of great resources and communities for writers online, there is a magical something that comes from getting together with other writers in person. The most creative periods of my life have all been when I was regularly participating in events with other writers. For me, that meant a lot of open mics because I love performing and hearing poetry out loud, but I’ve also participated in workshops and taken courses. Everyone’s ideal writing community looks a little different.  For some folks, a writing community might mean a space to get feedback on their work. For […]

Fear, Desire, Conflict: How Characters Create Story

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Have you ever read something and left like a character was just being pulled along by the plot? Maybe you couldn’t understand why they made the choices they made, or maybe you felt like the character wasn’t really making any choices at all. It may be that the character lacked agency because their fears and desires weren’t fully fleshed out. When a character lacks clearly defined desires and fears, it can lead to a lack of true conflict. Sure, the plot might have plenty of ups and downs, but if a character does not actually want something (or doesn’t have […]

Recommended Writing Resources

Recommended Reading: 6 Blogs for Creative Writers

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My Favorite Places for Writing Resources Whether you’re looking for writing prompts or tips to help improve your writing, there are a ton of resources on the internet. But how do you find the right blogs to follow? To help make your search for good writing resources easier, I’ve rounded up 5 blogs that I really admire and recommend to anyone looking for more online writing tools. While they’re all writing related, these blogs all have a different lens through which they look at writing. I encourage you to check out all of them. If there’s a writing website that you absolutely […]

Feeling like you can’t write? Give yourself an easy win

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Creative work can be really freaking hard, and it’s really easy to get discouraged and feel like you can’t write. Artist Becky Murphy Simpson shared a great post on her instagram, in which she said: When I have creative block I just draw something that I know.  I try to create an easy win so I’m excited to keep going and take on a bigger challenge When I first read that, it blew my mind a little. A lot of times when I’m feeling down and generally un-creative, I feel like I have to forcibly push my way through. For […]

What is the hardest thing about writing?

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What’s the most difficult part of writing? Actually doing it. Some time ago, a family emergency brought cousins, aunts, and uncles to town for a mix of stress and a makeshift family reunion. Writing was the last thing I wanted to work on, but the further I got away from creating the worse I felt. My thought on repeat was, “I have a lot going on, but can’t I at least write a blog post? My life can’t just stop because I have things going on.” My ‘You’re the Worst’ monologue was on high volume. But that critical self talk wasn’t […]

Thinking Like an Actor Helps You Create Better Characters

Thinking Like An Actor Will Help You Write Better Characters

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Want to write better characters? When it comes to creating characters, one area that I think every writer can benefits from are the tools of theater. Playwriting and acting have a lot to teach about characters and character development. I’ll have a more indepth guide to playwriting for you in the future, but today I want to dig into how an actor’s mindset can help you write better characters. While there are quite a few different methods of acting, there is generally an emphasis on knowing a character deeply and intimately to effectively embody them. There are a variety of exercises […]

The Scientific Method of Creative Writing

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It’s funny how things can find you when you need them. Earlier I pulled up a blog that I had written back in 2015 about writing and the scientific method. I wanted to get across a point about the power of experimentation and taking a light touch. I argued that using the scientific method as a writing structure would help with maintaining a light touch. Don’t try to get everything perfect all the time, just question and explore. The first step in the scientific method is ask a question. Which is kind of the core of every idea. What would […]