Category Archives: Better Writing

First Inspiration: Superchick was the Soundtrack for my first Novel

In 2003, it dawned on me that I was getting old (39) and had never pursued writing a novel although I had been thinking about it since I was in high school. As I began to write, there were a … Continue reading

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It’s Okay To Be Afraid

Many of us have spent our whole lives working hard, not to be afraid. Who knows when we came associate control and a lack of fear with safety? Perhaps it was when we were young, and we were scared by … Continue reading

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What’s in a brand?

So hopefully, a few of you have noticed the silence eminating from the blog over the past two weeks. Part of the problem was Thanksgiving, a class at work, and a lot of travel (to and from Dallas by car). … Continue reading

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Getting Unstuck During NaNoWrMo

Here are some tips for my friends who are in the midst of NaNoWrMo and who find themselves stuck in the midst of a scene.   I’m not doing NaNoWrMo because I’m constantly working on novels, but the other day … Continue reading

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Tips For Succeeding at NaNoWrMo

Tips for NaNoWrMo by Kent Ostby A lot of you out there are trying to write a novel for the first time. I probably should have posted these tips a few days ago, but since I’m working on novels all … Continue reading

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The Joy and Pain of Editing

So it’s time to put on my big-boy pants and edit my novel up to professional quality or at least “First Five Pages” quality. I know it will get faster, but tonight with all the going back and forth between … Continue reading

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A great writing resource

So today, I was poking around the web, specifically searching for “writing cues” to take my mind off of some things and get my brain to start writing when I happened upon one of the best writing resources that I’ve … Continue reading

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Verb Synonyms — A simple writing exercise

A simple writer’s exercise — verb synonyms One of the changes that I’m trying to make in my writing is to do some writing exercises on a weekly basis. Here’s one I did this evening with verb synonyms. Step One … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Story

I am often asked “Where do stories come from?” Sometimes they appear out of whole clothe right before my eyes. Sometimes they are simply the answer to a question, “What would happen if …” The latest short story making itself … Continue reading

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No "He He He" — Writing is not a laughing matter

“He He He” — Don’t make people laugh at your writing.

Variation in the beginning of a sentence can make a huge difference between having your work read as a story and having it sound like a play by play. Continue reading

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