7 Steps to Busting the Myth of Writer’s Block

As writers, we all have come to accept certain maxims to be true, or at least we have grown so familiar with the consensus memes of the creative writing world that we have become unwitting suckers, blindly accepting them, without exercising personal discernment and healthy skepticism as artists. The memes I’m speaking of have become…

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Surviving NaNoWriMo: Or—Maybe Don’t Write That Novel Yet?

It’s the end of October and that means many things: Halloween is right around the corner, Thanksgiving is not far behind that, and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) begins the day after All Hollow’s Eve! Started back in 1999, in the San Francisco Bay Area, NaNoWriMo’s first “group” was made up of 21 aspiring writers…

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Attack of the Three-Act Structure: Run for Your Lives!

I’ve tackled many popular writing myths and memes over the last several years: writer’s block, the idea of the high-concept, that outlining is a bad thing, that writing groups work—to name just a few. But now, I think we are ready to grapple with the granddaddy of all writing memes: the three-act structure. Whether it’s…

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