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The Doubter Marci stopped mid-word to stare at me with her pierced eyebrows raised. “You read fan-fiction? Why?” At sixteen, staring into the face of… Continue reading Creative License or Cheap Imitation? Why Fanfiction Is Good For the Growing Writer
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Editing sucks. Wandering through the internet, you’ll hear most every author ever admit this before flowing into a huge diatribe about why it’s still the most… Continue reading Editing With Scene Cards: Cutting Through Noise Right and Left
The Confession: I love tiny things. Maybe it’s something inherent in me, linked to an evolutionary strain in my DNA that’s big on humans not… Continue reading Shrunken Manuscript: Worth the Highlighter and Rage?