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The Nettle Tree

Genre Bender in a Blender I think it was Cowboys and Aliens or maybe that Doctor Who episode set in the Wild West that first triggered the desire to bend the sci-fi and western genres. Never a huge fan of westerns, I just let that notion slide to the back of my mind and there it quietly lurked. When approached with the invitation to submit a western—a strangely different kind of western—I must admit, at…

Stop Worrying About What Not to Write

Are you afraid of messing around with tropes? What about your plot? Is it too dark? Too light? Is your main character too perfect? Too flawed? Are you afraid to bore, perturb, or even disgust? Tell me the truth: how many articles did you read this week that made you look back at your own work and cringe? There’s no limit to the number of voices out there that are only too happy to tell…

Brainstorming Story Ideas 5 Ways

Brainstorming is generally the first step of the writing process. When planning a story, brainstorming helps to spark creativity and helps us to come up with new and original ideas or maybe even put news twists on old ideas. Here’s a list of 5 ways I generally go about brainstorming story ideas: Pinterest/Inspiration Board I keep an “inspiration” board on Pinterest. I also use Beenokle’s Inspiration Gallery to gather collections of inspiring pictures. I like…

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