Why Write Erotica?

By Kelly Lawrence You would have to have been living in a hole deep underground to miss the recent explosion in popularity of erotic stories and erotic romances. Erotic novels have gone from being discreetly hidden in the far corner of your local bookstore to taking centre stage. In the […]

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Cross Train for Story Ideas

“…good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun…” –Stephen King Use cross thinking to get you to think differently and allow a story idea to come […]

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Fear as a Writing Prompt? ‘Tis the Season!

One of my favorite holidays is Halloween. I loved planning who I would morph into for the day. Would I be a cowgirl, a sleeping princess, a witch? I also loved haunted houses and ghost stories, and reveled in the day I was terrified at every turn—but knew deep down […]

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Just Look Around: Ideas are Everywhere

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. –Orson Scott Card When I speak about writing, one question I always get asked is “Where do you get your ideas?” Listeners lean […]

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Your Guardian Muse: Battling Guilt and Other Inspiration-Eaters

By Mary Caelsto I’m giving a class this weekend about how your muse acts as a guardian and how you can tap into its power. One of the themes that keeps coming up is when I offer tip number one, which is get rid of guilt, there’s a lot of […]

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