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What Are You Most Excited About These Days?

This question seems a bit of a cheat, as it comes at the end of the year. I know that not everyone gets excited about Christmas or New Year. I’ve been there, and haven’t always found the holidays to be something to look forward to. Fortunately I’m at a point in my life where I […]

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Journal Work in Progress Writing

Introducing Your Supporting Cast

This is where I get technical and “plotty”. Introducing the supporting cast can’t be an info dump. Within the first act, though, every major supporting character has to make an appearance or at least be alluded to. It’s a Chekhov’s Gun thing with me. If the main character is going to visit their grandmother in […]

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Introducing Your Protagonist: A Mystery to Be Solved

For the book I’m writing, and forgive me if I’m short on details, because I’m still discovering them for myself, I wanted my main character to have a low-key introduction. It wasn’t going to be a dramatic reveal. There are a group of characters having a conversation, with the protagonist being one of them. I […]

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On Being an Overly-Analytical Writer

Hi, my name’s Berin and I overthink things. Part of this comes from being a project manager. Some of it stems from living with an anxiety disorder. Another chunk comes from having executive dysfunction. It all comes down to need for well-organized information and processes in order to function and feel like I have some […]

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Journal Work in Progress Writing

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 […]