Category: Words and Phrases

All things writing. If it has to do with you putting words on paper (or the screen) you will find it here.

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Jan. 24 Writing Prompt

Character development. That is the second theme of the year, following our scene building practice. Today is the final day for character development practices. Let’s recap. We started by learning how to take the time to develop every character that...

Setting the Scene 0

Setting a Scene

Setting the scene is as important as creating real-to-life characters. It is an art form and you are the artist. As an artist, we have a plethora of ways to interact with those that wish to be entertained. We act,...

Pets 0

Jan. 16 Writing Prompt

Hello kids! Today’s writing prompt is a little more straight forward. While there is still an element of teaching involved (as always) it is more about repetition. Practice. There is an old saying that practice makes perfect. But this isn’t...

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The Biggest Killer: Self-Doubt

Literary agents, publishers, editors, synopses, query letters… all scary things, all demanding, demeaning. Sometimes they can be daunting, haunting, loathing as well as loathed. Oftentimes heartbreaking, disconcerting, dispiriting. None of them hold a candle to yourself. You truly are your...

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A Brief History of the Masterclass

Where did The Extra Draft Writing Course come from? Here is a brief history of its conception through today (Plus a BONUS SURPRISE announcement!!). Are you ready to get personal? It All Started About 10 Years Ago… It all started...

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Measure Success

How does a writer measure success? The easy answer is in number of books sold. After all, that is what the publishers look for and what they return to for a second book or more. What about those writer’s that...