Emotional Extremes & You (Us, actually. All of us.)

Happy Friday, writers! As the Christmas season rolls in, time seems to creep along in preparation for what’s just over the horizon. If you participated in NaNoWriMo, you have my sincerest wishes that it went well–if you met your word count, congratulations! If not, don’t beat yourself up about it. Speaking of overused phrases used…

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Dialogue #2 — Why Is My Dialogue Awkward?

This week in the “holy shit I’m going to pull my hair out” section of writing frustrations: dealing with dialogue that is on the same level of awkward as watching a straight person introduce their friend’s girlfriend via “and this is Lily’s… roommate.” As I said in my last dialogue installment (which was uhhh four…

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Minutes vs Moments: When Measurements Can Damage Your Storytelling

WHO’S READY FOR ANOTHER PASSIONATE AND NITPICKY POST? This entire post–the whole freaking thing–is sponsored by the word: minutes. I’m not going to give specific titles, as I don’t like being in the business of shaming authors, but there have been more than a few instances where I will be reading a scene and something…

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fuck ur language conventions

Are you ready for a rant post? No? Too bad. Let’s start, as all white girl raging does, with a little bit of Shakespeare. Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave My heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty According to my bond; no more nor less. That’s from King Lear, Act I. Spoken…

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“Yeah, that’s what [INSERT AUTHOR] said, too.”

I have a fine arts degree in communication design. I fought tooth and nail in a class of 40 to win one of 15 spots for it. I’d fall asleep studying in the library. I managed to scrape by my final semester in the worst throes of depression that I’ve experienced in my life. This is…

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RAICES Donation-Commissions

OUR GOAL Raise money for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). The current immigration and refugee crisis in the United States is a violation of human rights, and an affront to what it means to be American, and RAICES is raising money to pay for bonds so separated families can…

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Character Games 101: Dice Games

Welcome back to the final installment in a series entitled Character Games 101! Our first week we talked about learning more about your character through role-playing games, and last week we used Akinator to find out parallels between our characters and well-known ones in pop culture. This final type of game I’d like to explore…

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Character Games 101: Akinator

Welcome back to the second entry in a series entitled Character Games 101! Last week we talked about how putting your character into a RPG can help fill gaps in their profile that you’d never considered before. This week, we’re gonna talk about what happens if we streamline that characterization process instead of expand upon…

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it’s a living #3

Trigger warnings at the end. Please take care of yourself.  Anxiety overtakes my bloodstream without permission: the pounding pulse on my wrist traces back to my throbbing heart, the heat on the back of my neck and cheeks is a heat that reminds me that I am not in control, not over my thoughts, not…

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Character Games 101: RPGs

LET THE GAMES BEGIN. I am very excited to start a new series of posts that marries the process of character development to different types of games! I am doing this in the hopes that it might 1) inspire people who aren’t confident in their characters to delve into them in a fun way, and…

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