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Coming Up with Titles

My least favorite thing to do is coming up with titles. I used to be good at it. A play on words, something from a famous quote, it all fell into place rather easily. Now a quick Google search inevitably seems to turn up a similar project already using the name. It bothers me so […]

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Being Sick and Reevaluating Priorities

This post is an attempt to look at the upside of things. To do this will require acknowledging that there is also a downside. Please don’t come at me for being negative. Being sick and reevaluating priorities isn’t automatically a dark and dismal thing, unless you call taking a realistic look at objective reality an […]

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Journal The Merry Writer Writing

Coming Up with Character Names

There was a time when I owned an extensive collection of baby name books. Coming up with character names was a time-consuming process. Now I use random name generator websites, which has sped up the process considerably. For incidental characters, where I might just need a first or last name, I’ll generate 10 or 25 […]

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Journal Work in Progress Writing

The Horror and Romance of Dead Malls

Somehow, over the holidays, I stumbled over videos about dead malls. It’s an entire genre on YouTube. A lot of things clicked for me. Is there anything more symbolic of a society in decline than an abandoned temple to consumerism or, worse, one that only has a 15%-20% occupancy rate? Enclosed ghost towns with crumbling […]

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Journal The Merry Writer Writing

Writing in Chapters vs Breaking It Up Later

The question of the day is about writing in chapters vs banging out the whole manuscript and dividing it up after the fact. Which do I do? Neither. I write in scenes. This is partially because I’m a plotter, and write to an outline. The way I break up the outline has more to do […]