March 27th, 2020

White Space in Writing

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Craft

Ellen Buikema

Do you remember a time when you suffered from sensory overload?

This happened to me at a SIGGRAPH Conference in Detroit, Michigan, my first and last computer graphics conference. I remember sitting in a large room in front of an enormous screen with no idea of what to expect.… Read the post

March 25th, 2020

How to Write Compelling Emotional Triggers

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Craft | Lisa Hall Wilson

Lisa Hall-Wilson

Writing emotional triggers, while optional, will take your writing to all-new levels of emotional connection for readers. This is a shortened sample lesson from my 5-week masterclass on writing in deep point of view.

In my book Method Acting For Writers, I talk about writing emotions in four layers: primary emotions (instinctive, knee-jerk, unthinking emotional responses), emotional triggers (optional), secondary emotions (thinking emotional responses to primary emotions), and behavior (what those emotions force the character to DO).… Read the post

March 13th, 2020

Indie Publishing 101 – Part 1

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Craft | Self-Publishing

Piper Bayard

“Writing is an art, but publishing is a business.”
~ Piper Bayard of Bayard & Holmes

That may be a grim thought to us artists, but it is true, nonetheless. We write for different reasons—fun, therapy, journaling, therapy, to master a skill, to be part of an artistic community, therapy, because the stories are hammering inside our heads and must get out.Read the post


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