6 Ways Tabletop RPGs Make You a Better Writer

“I don’t think I could ever play Dungeons & Dragons,” I said.  “That seems like crossing a line, maybe going a little too far for me.”  My party’s Paladin is fond of reminding me I said that. About two years ago I crossed the last nerd threshhold and played my first game of Dungeons &…

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I was a Voice Actor for a Day: Here’s What I Learned

“The Blueberry is pretty sensitive,” the audio engineer told me, adjusting the height of the little black microphone. “Keep it at about your chin so we can avoid harsh plosives.” Bare bulbs and wood paneling surrounded me, and my own voice was crisp through my headphones. My friends over at Stalwart Theater had asked me…

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Life After NaNoWriMo: A Means to an End

You’ve just finished the colossal task of writing a novel in a month!  Congratulations!  After devoting so much of your time, energy, and determination to this adventure, you have a right to feel euphoric.  And maybe a little let down that it’s all over. The word counts are in, the project is over.  It’s time…

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Wrapping Up NaNoWriMo

*Disclaimer: This post contains referral links, denoted by an asterisk. With a week to go in NaNoWriMo, it’s crunch time.  If you aren’t where you expected or want to be in your novel journey, you’ll need to start wrapping up NaNoWriMo.  It may take some gearing up to finish your 50,000 by the 30th!  NaNoWriMo…

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How to (NOT) Fail at NaNoWriMo in 4 Days

That’s right, I failed at NaNoWriMo.  In four days.  World record?  Probably not, but still pathetic. How did I do it?  Simple!  I just let myself get blocked. You don’t have to follow my example, though.  Here are four ways to NOT fail at NaNoWriMo! How to (NOT) Fail at NaNoWriMo in 4 Days You start…

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NaNoWriMo: The Value of Writing Buddies

Writing can be a lonely pursuit.  A lot of people envision someone sitting in front of a computer or scribbling on a notepad, all alone.  For many writers, this couldn’t be further from the truth!  A lot of successful writers collaborate or have writing buddies who give them feedback.  Even J.R.R. Tolkien had The Inklings.…

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Reimagining a Classic

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links,  marked with *. Lily James has it pretty good, even aside from having both of Harry Potter’s parents’ names.  She seems to have a knack for getting cast in the lead for movies that reimagine classics.  First she had Cinderella earlier this year.  Now we’ve seen the trailer for…

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NaNoWriMo: The Art of 1667 Words per Day

Every year, thousands of people write 50,000 words in 30 days for NaNoWriMo.  It isn’t for the faint of heart, but it is possible.  If 50,000 words sounds daunting, remember that it breaks down to 1667 words per day.  At about 500 words per typed page, that’s only around 3 1/4 pages per day! Finding…

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Flash Fiction Writing Challenge, Day 7

Welcome back to the Flash Fiction Writing Challenge!  If you haven’t already, you should check out our intro post for more details.  The basics are: Pick one of the two image prompts below. (Don’t read my stories or anyone else’s until you’ve written yours!) Write an Everyday Vignette (200 words or less) or a Flash…

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