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Young Edgar Allan Poe – The Making of a Genius

In honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday today, January 19, I’d like to offer a rare glimpse into the childhood of one of my favorite writers. The formative years are crucial to everyone’s successful (or unsuccessful) adulthood, and Mr. Poe’s were no exception. As an infant, young Edgar’s nurse often fed him and his siblings bread soaked…

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The Post-NaNoWriMo Freak-Out

“The End” you type with satisfaction. You sit back in your chair at Starbucks, glowing with the pride of completion. You’ve just finished a literary marathon, and for that, you are a god. SACRAMENTAL SCREAM (working title) is destined to be a classic. You order a second latte and a scone. Why not? You’ve earned it, baby. The next…

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Publishing 12 x Year: The Inhuman Speed of Modern Writing

I’ve seen a growing trend in indie publishing this last year. Many, many authors are now uploading at the breakneck speed of one book a month. I, myself, dabble in “fast and furious” writing, but this results in a book a quarter. I’m a little like the R. L. Stein character in the Goosebumps movie. Even though he…

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Plotting Help for NaNoWriMo

This post is for all the NaNo Word Warriors attempting to write a novel in November. Even if you’ve already started your book, it’s not too late to apply a quick and dirty plotting method to your story to make sure you end up with a tight manuscript, not a prosaic exploration of mood (unless that’s what you’re…