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Fun for Friday: Inspirations from Music

| March 8, 2019

If you’re looking for writing inspiration, sometimes, you can turn to music and find what you need! This New York Times article suggests nine exercises that can be used for students to get inspired to write, but you don’t have to be a student to use these ideas!  

Fun for Friday: Images as Inspiration

| February 15, 2019

I’m a very visual person, so it’s not entirely surprising that I get a lot of mileage out of images of unusual things. It might be something as simple as these glass-like flowers. The description I found for them says “A flower whose petals turn clear as glass when wet… Diphylleia Grayi otherwise known as […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Inspiration

| February 8, 2019

Some days, the words just aren’t there, the well has run dry, or one of several other metaphors about not knowing what to write. When you’ve reached that point, this list of 31 ways to find inspiration for your writing might be helpful! While not all of these techniques work for everyone, odds are that […]

Summertime Excitement

| June 4, 2018

With the end of the school year comes the joys of summertime, including a lot of vacations. For authors, vacations can be a disruption to their normal schedules. But they’re also very valuable as a way to recharge your writing “batteries.” While you’re out and about on your summertime adventures, take a moment to look […]

Music Recommendation: Savage (Songs from a Broken World) by Gary Numan

| November 29, 2017

I’m a music junkie–back in the early 2000s, when large hard drives were pricey, I shelled out for a 300 GB hard drive to house my music. (All that music now lives on my laptop hard drive, with room to spare, because we live in the future!) But I haven’t bought a ton of new […]

Musical Inspiration

| June 13, 2017

Recently, while I was attending an event as part of DefCon One Publishing, one of the volunteers circulated among all of the authors and asked them a simple question: If they were to make a movie of your book, what song would be the opening song? I didn’t have to think too hard about my […]

Story Forge

| February 1, 2012

A friend of mine pointed me in the direction of a Kickstarter for Story Forge. I love Kickstarter in general, but I also love this idea. An 88-card deck designed to help jumpstart your brain for writing, gaming, or whatever else you can think of. This sort of thing is PERFECT for me. Jeremy likes […]