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Suicide Isn’t Painless

2016 is drawing to a close, and this is the final Scriptors post of the year. I thought it would be a good time for one of those “Best Of the Year” lists. But then I thought it would be a better time for something more important. So instead of giving you a fluffy...

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The Quest to Find Your Motivators

Last week, Brooke Johnson posted about Navigating the Swamp - how each novel is an adventure to write with its own pitfalls and hardships. As writers, we need to find our motivators to help us stay on this path. Whenever we hit a wall and the novel feels lost, we...

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Navigating the Swamp

[Author’s note: I am currently suffering from an annoying, stuffy cold as I write this, so if it doesn’t make sense, blame the weather.] I always seem to forget how much work it takes to write a novel. The first part is always easy… brainstorming characters, building...

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Back to School

  While I have been a lifelong passionate reader, I didn't much like English classes (or as they are called now, Language Arts) when I was in school. Sure, I would rather have been reading science fiction or fantasy novels than Dickens or Hawthorne or Faulkner,...

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The Call to Adventure

I’ve ignored it twice in my life. At least. Which is kind of a big deal. For those who don't know, the Call to Adventure is the first stage of the Hero's Journey as outlined by Joseph Campbell in his 1949 opus The Hero With a Thousand Faces. As with any seminal tome,...

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A Different Process Every Time

My writing process changes all the time. Part of that is a natural outgrowth of lots of practice. Some of it is an inclination to experiment. I like to keep things fresh by trying new tools and new approaches, to see how the change impacts my concentration, my output,...

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Collaborating with Others

We are now nine days into National Novel Writing Month and I am over ten thousand words into my project. Yes, that does mean I am behind the pace. However, I’m not upset about it because I am behind solely due to my cowriter being in a curling tournament. As I...

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Facades and Characters’ Histories

There's a lot of personal stuff that I don't delve into very often. My life has a tendency to lean towards the dramatic, and maybe that's partly my fault, but sometimes it comes down to the cards we are dealt. I took this selfie to prove a point. I was thinking about...

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Author Events

This year has been an adventure of author appearances for me. I’ve been to three events at the local library (with a fourth scheduled for next month), I did a signing and writing workshop over the summer at the local Barnes and Noble for their first annual B-Fest for...

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Our dog and the passive voice

  "What happened to your dog's eye?" We were at the dog park and Mya was running around like the year-old high energy pup she is when the 7 year old son of another dog owner asked the question. "What happened to your dog's eye?" Mya only has one eye. The other...

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The Science of Superpowers

Writers have a kind of superpower. We're illusionists, of a sort. But where a magician invites your disbelief—indeed, taunts it from you with tricks—a writer conjures coherent fantasy from your mind, just as a laser emits coherent light. A story drafted with art and...

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What Andy’s Up To

It’s October! Which means, it’s officially time to get your NaNo WriMo project prepped! For the uninitiated, “NaNo WriMo” (or sometimes just “NaNo”) is shorthand for National Novel Writing Month, which a big push to complete fifty thousand words of novel in the month...

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