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Field Trips—the Best Kind of Research

Posted by Guest at Feb 8, 2016 1:00 am in , , , ,

by Chris Marie Green We spend a lot of time “traveling” via our chairs and, to do research, we don’t even have to hop in the car and putter down to the library anymore! We are armchair research warriors who can look up anything with a keyboard click. It’s so very easy to stick to […]

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Mythology in a Modern Setting by Shannon Donnelly

Posted by sdonnelly at Dec 24, 2015 1:30 am in , , ,

Let’s start with what is a myth? The Greek word mythos gives us the word myth—and much of Western culture has been shaped by the Greek myths, which came to us after Europe reacquired ancient knowledge and decided that Greek and Latin were the learned languages. Every culture has its myths—creation myths and destruction myths, […]

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The Superstition of Productivity

Posted by Guest at Jan 6, 2015 11:47 pm in , , ,

We’ve all heard of celebrities and athletes who adhere to strange rituals prior to a performance or game. For example, one Yahoo article cites the pre-performance rituals of 15 rock stars. The practices range from Lorde’s habit of napping (under the same blanket) to  Rhianna’s group huddle/rally/pray to Lady Gaga’s act of dancing “topless backstage […]

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Technology Tools to Get From “What If?” to a New World by Kate Corcino

Posted by Guest at Nov 27, 2014 1:00 am in , , , ,

We all have a writer’s toolbox, that internal storage where we keep the tools and ideas that best serve our writing process. In discussions about what to keep in it, we often focus on the things we need for drafting or revising. But for many beginners, it is equally important to have tools that help […]

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If These Walls Could Talk…

Posted by Guest at May 19, 2014 1:45 am in , , , ,

I’ve always had a love of history–archaeology, specifically. My first introduction to archaeology was, like most people my age, thanks to Indiana Jones. I grew up with Indy and fell in love with his profession. From there, I dove headlong into research on my own. For many years, I was obsessed with Egyptology and wanted […]

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Care and Feeding of Your Muse during the Holidays by JC Hay

Posted by Guest at Nov 25, 2013 10:00 am in , , , , , ,

Image: Melpomene, The Muse of Tragedy; Elizabeth Sirani November is drawing to a close, and writers all over are scribbling like mad to hit their word-counts for NaNoWriMobefore the month ends. Likewise, those with a wintery bent turn their thoughts to what can be accomplished in what remains of the year. With holidays for many, […]

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How I Use Pinterest in My Writing by Mina Kahn

Posted by Guest at Nov 18, 2013 10:00 am in , , , , , , ,

Hello from W. TX! I’m proud to be a FF&P member and it’s wonderful to be here today, sharing a slice of my writing world. I hope you enjoy the read! For me, Pinterest was love at first try. I’m a very visual thinker and often imagine scenes in my head (almost like movies) before […]

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Feed Your (Novel) Beast Every Day: A 100-Day Challenge by Tana Essary

Posted by Guest at Sep 12, 2013 9:00 am in , , , , ,

After a year of saying I was turning my award-winning short story into a full-length novel, I found myself still floundering. I said I was working on my book, and I was at least opening my laptop and looking at the beast every day, but was not sustaining enough daily effort to keep us both […]

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Day trips for your Muse

Posted by Guest at Jun 24, 2013 8:00 am in , , , , , , , ,

by Jill Archer Now that summer is in full swing, there are more chances to get outside. This is terrific for us writers because we spend a lot of time sitting. (Most writers, including myself, take great pride in their butt-in-chair self-discipline, which is good because that’s what gets the job done). But sitting for […]

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Getting Away From it All by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted by Guest at May 20, 2013 10:00 am in , , , , , , ,

Art is not in the …eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.   –Seth Goden So, my local RWA chapter took off for a weekend writer’s retreat up at Schweitzer mountain, a local ski resort, this past weekend.  To sum it up:  it was awesome! This is a picture of the view […]

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