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Mind Mapping with June Diehl

Mind map for all writing processes…not just for generating story ideas I love using mind mapping as part of my writing process. So the upcoming workshop is a great way to share not only my own experiences with this tool, but also what I’ve learned from other...

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A DRAMATIST’S TALE: Jeopardy vs. Violence by Sally J. Walker

Sex and violence: the only way to pique interest? Time and again we hear “Hollywood just wants sex and violence.” Both concepts are subtle referrals to survival of the fittest. Think about it. Depicting sexual attraction implies the search for a mate and the ultimate...

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Hot Summers Cool Pitch Event update…11 days and counting!

The full roster for our Hot Summer’s Cool Pitchfest is firming up. The participating agencies and publishers include Riptide Publishing, Entangled Publishing, Changeling Press, Harvey Klinger, Blue Ridge Literary Agency, The Knight Agency, Lyrical...

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The Pro Rookie: A Whole New World by Liz Crowe

A whole new world A mere seventy or so days ago I stumbled upon something new. Well, new to me, anyway. “Kindle Worlds” began a few years ago and was meant as a “pure” fan fiction platform. You know, a place where you take a character or two from an already created...

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Making Your Characters Shine by Becky Martinez

Come up with new ideas for characters. No more repeats! For me, story ideas have always come relatively easy. Maybe it was spending some 30 years in journalism having to come up with a new story idea or two almost every single day. With that sort of pressure, I...

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Learn to be a Productive Creative Explorer by Sally J. Walker

Kindle your creative spark When the creative spark ignites an internal flame, most people devote themselves to just getting the project done. Somewhere along the line doubts niggle about knowledge and skills or the viability of the project. Sometimes the creator...

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