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The Name Game: Tips for Naming Your Characters

by Eldred “Bob” Bird

I’ve always been fascinated by character names. I often wonder why the author chose a specific name for that individual. Is it a family name, or a reflection of their culture? Does it carry some deeper meaning, or was it just the first thing to pop into their head?Read the post

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Five Ways to Beat the Mid-NaNoWriMo Slump

by Eldred “Bob” Bird

The picture is of an old-fashioned manual typewriter.  The paper in the typewriter states the words "Write something."

November is here and we all know what that means. It's NaNoWriMo time. As we're jogging past the one-week mark, I'm sure that some of you are starting to notice a blackhole forming in your brain. The dreaded mid-November slump is on the horizon.… Read the post

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Writing Dark Using the Five Basic Types of Fear

by Eldred “Bob” Bird

Bare arms wrap creepily around trees in a gloomy forest.

Fall is once again in the air, and you know what that means—Halloween! ‘Tis the season to carve the pumpkins, don our costumes, and break out the scary stories. Or in our case, it’s time to write them.… Read the post

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Writing Short Stories: Lessons from Singer-songwriters

By Eldred "Bob" Bird

guitar with a notepad and a pen for writing songs

Besides writing, music is one of my passions. So much so that I volunteer at the Musical Instrument Museum here in Phoenix as a gallery guide. While working my shift recently, I had a thought—there are a lot of people in music that I can learn from when it comes to writing short stories.… Read the post

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Media Software for Writers That Won’t Break the Bank

by Eldred “Bob” Bird

woman in front of a video camera for an interview

Video has become such a powerful tool on social media that authors, whether independent or traditionally published, can’t afford to ignore the medium. In one of my previous posts here on WITS, I talked about building a Mobile Media Kit to make recording videos on the go easier.… Read the post

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