How to Sustain Motivation

I find it odd that I am writing a blog post on motivation, particularly on sustaining motivation. I don’t exactly have the best track record for it. I do a little, then stop, then do a little more, and so on. In November 2005, I finally finished a novel with the help of NaNoWriMo, but […]

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Writing “The Bones That Walk”

“There, Miss Jones, there they are — the bones that walk!” “I doubt you very much, Smythe. Why, I see nothing more than bare white bone. Where are the tendons, ligaments, or any other connective tissue? Where, I say! Why, there’s not so much as a shimmer of ectoplasm connecting THOSE bones. They float, perhaps […]

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What’s Coming For HWC Members 2018

The last few years have been focused on site development. On getting: Classrooms working Classes back in place The forum functioning Access to classes fixed The old shop replaced with a new shop The broken affiliate program replaced with a top-notch program Last year, I also worked on existing classes, doing an overhaul and update […]

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Writing For Kids

What makes a kids’ story great? How do you write for kids? What basic rules apply to kids’ fiction:  novels, short stories, interactive fiction and graphic novels? Fiction gives children a chance to explore the world—to have adventures without danger, learn lessons without getting hurt, discover fantasy worlds, and explore values so they can develop […]

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Be An Actor

Today we are pleased to bring you a new blog feature, Holly’s Writing Insights. Coming to you the first Tuesday of each month, these posts will be short, to-the-point bits of wisdom that you can apply immediately to your writing. Here’s today’s insight. Be an actor? That’s a WRITING TIP?! Yeah. Seriously. You have to […]

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An Interview With Author Katie Li

A couple of years ago I joined a Twitter chat in hopes of meeting new people who shared my love of writing. Katie Li, author and curator of newsletter “The Beautiful Worst,” is one of the creators I met through that Twitter chat. Then I subscribed to The Beautiful Worst because her content focuses on creatives […]

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Read Fiction

All writers are readers. Not most, not some. ALL. It’s one of the few times you’ll ever hear me make an all-encompassing blanket statement. If you want to write, you have to read. If you want to write well, you have to read a lot. Not to learn voice—you have your own, and you don’t want to […]

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