WRITER STUDY: Mickey Spillane (Intro)

Not to be confused with the mobster of the same name, Mickey Spillane was a prolific pulp novelist from the post-WWII era. He had heart as a writer… and though he was an international bestseller, literary critics despised him. Spillane had a motto and it went: “I’m a writer, not an author.” “The difference is…

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Maintaining Focus while Remaining Open

When it comes to writing, no matter where you are in terms of skill or talent, it’s important to keep focused on your own goals while also keeping yourself open to new ideas, techniques, and attitudes. It is a personal balance between application of knowledge and individual direction. Discernment is a powerful tool for an…

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CC: PulpRev Writers

This is a quick and messy post I wanted to throw out before getting back to work on my books today. It pertains to PulpRev as a community of growing writers, artists, and authors and is meant for those involved in it. Something I enjoy about PulpRev is the clash of ideas that occurs between…

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I Lost My First NaNoWriMo After Four Years

Where did I go wrong? Did I set my goal too high? Was 175,000 words in 30 days too much? No. I lost for multiple reasons, but the goal word count was not the reason why. My final word count was around 69,000 words for the month, the majority of which completed in the first…

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In Your Character’s Mind

For authors, the practice of delving into the thoughts, feelings, and processes of our characters is extremely important. The depth of this process for each character is dictated by the level of focus a story maintains on the particular character. NPC-types don’t need much, if any, exploration into the internal except for a lark. Protagonists…

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Do Your Characters Control You?

As a creator of unique fictional worlds, it is important to remember that YOU are the one who controls canon over the setting, the plot, and the characters. Writers flirt with giving characters “consciousnesses” and talking about fictional worlds as if they exist outside of themselves. There are a few reasons for this. One of which is…

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Chapter length: How long is too short?

Chapter length is a decision every author has to make when putting together a novel. While less of an issue with short stories, novels have to be broken up in ways that are easily consumable by readers. There is no specific number that is the ideal length for a chapter. Like most elements of a novel,…

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How Dreams Influence Writing

Dreams, what exactly are they and how do they relate to our writing? Literal dreams are the visions, images, and stories you experience during slumber or sometimes in different states of consciousness. This does not pertain to ‘dreams‘ in the sense of goals or future aims. The idea of studying dreams became popularized by Carl Jung and his…

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Exercise 0011 – “mb” 06/11 SoCS

a word with “mb” in that order in it. Prompt for SoCS on June 11, 2016 from LindaGHill Sweetness of the gods, Ambrosia known as nectar under the great trees of the highest mountain peaks. Forbidden to human, the mortals that dwell upon the flatlands of the Earthly realm. It is strange, to consider, that…

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