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An Emotional Road Map: Stating Your Novel’s Theme

For reasons I’ll clarify in upcoming posts, theme is important to me. I know, many will claim that it’s not about what I’m trying to say as the author that counts. What matters is what the reader takes away from the novel. I don’t know that they can get anything out of it if there’s […]

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Did You Set Any Big Writing Goals at the Start of 2019?

Because I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, I didn’t set any big writing goals at the start of 2019. As I complete projects and things come off my plate, I set new goals so that I have a realistic plan to see them through and achieve them. Around my birthday (November) I revisit and reset […]

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Journal Work in Progress Writing

Platform Building and Opening Scenes

All satisfying writing projects are alike; each terrible project is terrible in its own way. With apologies to Tolstoy, I am now at the beginning of two new writing projects. This is the first official post of the Café Epimetheus era on this site, where the focus is on writing about writing. I have also […]

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Introduce Yourself with 3 Unusual Facts

In an attempt to better connect with the writing community onlineI’m participating in The Merry Writer. It’s a writer’s game on Twitter run by Ari Meghlen (@arimeghlen) and Rachel Poli (@RPoli3). Each day there’s a new prompt or question, and each month there’s a new theme. In these posts I expand upon the answers that […]

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Approaching Life as a Writer’s Retreat

Ever since we moved to Finland I’ve talked about approaching this time as a writer’s retreat. Of course, that’s when I expected that we’d be here for two years. By the time our current residence permit expires we’ll have been here for six, and we have every intention of staying forever if we can, so […]