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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Your Guardian Muse: Boundaries That Don’t Box You In

By Mary Caelsto As writers we are constantly setting boundaries in our careers without our even knowing it. We decide which publishers to write for and which stories we want to write. Even the groups we network in or the organizations we join are decisions made based on the boundaries. […]

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Creative Writing Prompts: Shapeshifters, Real and Metaphorical

Exploring shapeshifters, both in the fantasy and real world, will add depth and interest to your writing. And who doesn’t want that?

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How to Use Visuals as a Creative Writing Prompt

Add aspects to your writing and story that you don’t yet know exists. Connect your inner world to inspirations from the outer world and see what brilliant “third thing” surfaces for you!

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