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Of Moles and Macedonia: Or, How to Write a Verbose Character Succinctly By Jo Vanderhooft

When I was a child, a talking mole taught me my first lesson about characterization. No, this mole wasn’t a daydream during a boring lecture on fractions, or a fairy-tale fever dream—though he is a fairy-tale character. Like many eighties children, I grew up on Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre, a live-action series that retold …
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Celebrating Writers By Becky Martinez

Ah, the joy of telling a story. Too often writers think only of the creative writing process, but while the joy of being able to write a good fiction story, can be challenging, the joy of writing a non-fiction story can be just as rewarding. Too often we don’t give ourselves enough credit for what …
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Take Small Steps to Big Results By Becky Martinez

How do you get started?             When people ask me how to explain the writing process or why I write fiction, I am always stumped for an answer. Stories just seem to come to me. No, they don’t jump out of my head in one big piece, but once I start developing them, they start …