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The Writing Life

One simple tool for creating a strong character arc

So you need a protagonist, they said. So your protagonist needs an arc, they said. Okay… how do you make that? The protagonist’s arc is crucial, not just for character development, but because it often functions as the spine of the entire story. Of course, there’s no one way to

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The Writing Life

8 Things to Remember When You’re Struggling to Write

Writing is hard. Getting yourself to write, often, is harder. It took two cat naps, three internet breaks, and a muffin just to get me through the writing of this blog post. Here are eight things I remind myself of while I write to push past mental blocks and stay

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The Writing Life

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Todd

While in lockdown for the coronavirus, I know that many of us are looking for some free entertainment these days–or at least some distraction. So I wrote a short story in case you could use a bit of diversion in your day. Writing it was a nice, creative distraction for

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Home Decor

Cheap Chic: Home Office Makeover

After being itinerant for most of my adult life, I recently bought my first house. Now, as part of the landed gentry, I wear a pocket watch on a gold chain and say things befitting my station, like “hitherto” and “befitting my station.” I also have a mortgage, which means

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Random Ramblings

The Real-Life Haunted Mansion

The Story of the Heck-Andrews House I’m in love with a building. It started when I was a child growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Every time we’d drive through downtown, there was a certain house I couldn’t get enough of, craning my neck to see it as long as

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The Writing Life

Five Revelations from my First Book Tour

This month, I embarked on my first-ever BOOK TOUR! It was terrifying and joyous and I’m here to tell you all about it.  This is what I’ve learned. 1. Everyone has opinions on AI Since The Plus One is about a robotics engineer who builds her perfect boyfriend, the topic

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The Writing Life

I Suck at Instagram

I’ve been told that Instagram is the place to be for writers. So a year ago, I buckled down and made an account. So far, the promises about Instagram’s book culture have proven true: I’ve gotten excellent reading recommendations from bookstagrammers, and seen enough drool-worthy photos of overstuffed bookstores and

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Random Ramblings

Don’t Throw Out Your Pants: How to Work and Win from Home

In the past few years, I’ve transitioned from jobs that kept me working in offices all day, and usually well into the night, to working full-time from home as a writer. Working from home can be wonderful (try sautéing a salmon for lunch in the breakroom at IBM), but it

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