How to Forge a Signature


Don’t get too excited. I’m not posting this to help you get out of showing your mom your report card or anything like that. This, and other articles to follow, are aimed at teaching myself, and you guys by proxy, how to take a more hands-on approach to the things we write about. The old […]

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WorldBuilding: How to Create a City


Or a town, or a village really. I suppose this article should be titled how to structure any kind of populated area. What you call it depends on the size and how the locals identify themselves. I like writing travel stories along the lines of “a boy leaves home…” so each story usually contains several […]

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Writer vs. Editor


Editor Whitney: (adjusting glasses) So, Writer Whitney, it’s been a while since you’ve given me anything to work with here. Writer Whitney: (distracted) It’s been a busy few months. Editor Whitney: It certainly has—so where’s the boom of stories and ideas that is supposed to follow new-ness around? Writer Whitney: Um… Well, see, the thing […]

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Writing for the sake of writing… Wait, what?


To feel some supposed rush when you master that paragraph, that page…to give voice to the dozens of personalities floating around in your head…to write for the sake of writing… Who would do that? No, seriously. Who would do that? Writing hurts. It causes physical pain and mental anguish and is an eternal source of […]

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