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Nail it

If I show you my character has great hair, you will not see her. If I tell you she has a tiny scar at the upper left corner of her lip from which protrudes one gray whisker–you will make up the rest of her face with absolute clarity. If I tell you my character is […]

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Writing as Resistance

April 29, 1:30-5:30 Multnomah Village, Portland, Oregon Is the daily assault of politics and world news interfering with your peace of mind? Are you searching for ways to make a difference? Explore  strategies for talking back to the noise, find some quiet within, and propel your concerns onto the page. Because some times especially call […]

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Stretch as Far as You Can

I’ve worked  with hundreds of writers over the years and if there’s one thing I learned is that writers need to stretch as far as they can. As in take the biggest risk.  Stage a madcap scenario or the bleakest dystopian future. Imagine the weirdest, most difficult character. Write about a topic that truly scares […]

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April is National Poetry Month

Find 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month here including a free poster designed by Maira Kalman. {Consider signing up for Poem-A-Day. So  easy.} Or memorize a poem. Better yet, write one. Then another. Keep writing, keep dreaming, support poetry    

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The first thing that distinguishes a writer is that he is most alive when alone. Martin Amis

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Join me Tuesday, April 4 Willamette Writers Monthly meeting at The Old Church

Why Characters Do What They Do Motivation, goals, and stakes drive fictional characters to act, take risks, and get into heaps of  trouble. And then more trouble.  These devices also reveal and distinguish characters, propel character growth, and create drama and conflict because opposition will interfere. Motivation stems from a potent brew of a character’s […]

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From an Editor’s Desk: Don’t Describe Nulls

Null as in useless, fluffy, redundant phrases and words. Clutter of the writing kind. They take up space but don’t add to meaning or resonance. Let me explain. I’ve been editing again and have been working on some exciting projects. The cannot-wait-to-see-in-print kind. I’ve also been writing a few articles on style and how to […]

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Always noticing

“I would tell aspiring writers to observe. They already know it’s vital to read and write whenever possible, but often people forget to watch what is going on every day in their surroundings. That is where your ideas come from. Keep one eye on your computer screen and your other eye on the world around […]

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March

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To Outline or Not to Outline that is the Question

Story offers enduring emotions and shared experiences. Storytelling in all its forms is a mysterious unfolding along with a whole bag of magician’s tricks used by the writer. But to perfect your story, be it a novel or screen play or memoir, you need to apply the logic that comes with plotting and planning. Now, […]

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