Why I write in Google Docs

Writers all have their different habits and preferences for bringing words into existence. There are an endless number of writing programs, both free and paid, some just for processing words, or other more complex ones for organizing and story-boarding. Some writers even use pen and paper and keep physical piles of paper laying around! Personally, …

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Grab your inspiration by the throat and CHOKE IT

Writing is hard. I keep waiting to feel that thrill of a new idea, but while I'm waiting for that elusive, magical power... I'm not writing. Not writing is bad. So, I got to stop waiting and start typing, even if it's uninspired crap. It's better than laying around waiting to be moved by a …

Words to Control + F

When in the process of splashing out words for a new story, we all find ourselves writing words we don't need, repeating words, and being hacks in general. I've composed a list of these 'filler' words that I've found most often in my own work. Search for, and delete! Very: Delete any that aren't in …

Annoying example of telling after you showed

I saw an advertisement recently for an app for an insurance company. The ad starts with a dark sky and stormy night over a large house with flickering lights. Scary music is playing and an old guy is looking terrified like it's haunted. Cut to a family having dinner and a baby is flailing away …

Walk a new path

Walking generates ideas. It turns gears that churn the mix in my brain and make new things pop up. However, I've found that walking the same geographical location, turns up the same thoughts. It's as if my mind is walking down it's own internal path, and passing the same ideas over and over again. I've …

Word Peevs: we all have them!

Often times:   Why don't you just say 'often'? Begs the question: 95% of the time you mean 'raises the question.' Familiar pronounced as Fur-miliar: Unless you are talking about your cat... The problem is, is...: The thing is, is this is really annoying for me. The question is, is this annoying to anyone else? Don't get …