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Muscle Memory

The process is commonly known in the sports world as “muscle memory.” A phenomenon not limited to athletes, writers engage in very similar practices in order to excel at their craft. Storytelling, whether faction or fiction, uses the same principles. Training through exercising—writing—testing, adjusting, and exercising—rewriting—again. Top athletes train for long hours in a concerted […]

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Give It A Rest

I’ve heard a few writers offer the advice, “Write something, every day, without fail.” While their intentions are good, the logic behind the advice is bad. In that respect I disagree with the principle. During the early stages of my writing career, I took that kind of advice to heart. After all, these were writers […]

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Tracking The Beast

A few years ago I was living on a friend’s homestead high in the mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Beautiful two story home, hundreds of untouched acres to roam, lively mountain streams and creeks to follow, winding paved roads and gravel strewn two-tracks, up and down hills and vales. You get the idea. It truly […]

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Teacher As Student

The amount of information on the Internet is beyond comprehension. Whether that information is factual or not, or based in reality, is not the point. The human imagination is the point. How presumptive computer and mechanical engineers are who believe they can design a robot capable of being nearly human. Key word being, nearly. No […]

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Learning Your Writing Style

As I read through writers’ comments in discussion groups on websites like Goodreads, I am struck by the number of new writers who are struggling to find their writing style. As if style is some kind of tool one just picks up and starts using immediately. Truth is, style takes some authors years to develop. […]

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