Story Settings From Abandoned Buildings & Mysterious Places

Story Settings From Abandoned Buildings & Mysterious Places

Story Settings From Abandoned Buildings & Mysterious Places Where do story ideas come from? I just finished editing my novel last week which I’m super excited about. It's a young adult speculative thriller set in the late 21st century at an orphanage where things are not what they seem. I’m sad that the story is over, but now I’m getting the nagging feeling that the building in my story wants another role. That got me thinking about ideas for a sequel, a story spookier than this thriller. So, yesterday afternoon, I turned to a book on haunted buildings and other places called Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones. I’ve had this book on my shelves for the last fifteen years, but I never really gave it more than a quick look-through. (It’s safe to say I have a book addiction. Have I read all the books on my shelves? Ah, nope. But I’m working on it! :)) Anyway, I don’t have any solid ideas...
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Online Newsletter – November 2017

Online Newsletter – November 2017

Online Newsletter - November 2017 Feature Article - Get Inspired! Do you struggle with feeling inspired? Are you frustrated because you can’t seem to think of anything interesting or creative to write about? Finding inspiration depends on you. Before you get discouraged, let me explain. We can find inspiration just about anywhere. Ideas are right there waiting for us to acknowledge them. But if we look around and we don’t feel inspired, there’s a good chance our frustration is keeping us from seeing the ideas around us. Maybe we have judgments about where we live or the jobs we have. Maybe we feel exhausted because we’ve spread ourselves too thin. Maybe we’re frustrated because we’re not able to spend the time we want on writing. Whatever it is, it’s causing a block if we fail to feel inspired despite our efforts. The thing about inspiration is that it can come to us at different times. Maybe one day we watch a movie that we fall in...
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10 Questions to Brainstorm for Your NaNoWriMo Novel

10 Questions to Brainstorm for Your NaNoWriMo Novel

10 Questions to Brainstorm for Your NaNoWriMo Novel Are you ready to write a novel in 30 days? November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and thousands of writers will be making a commitment to write a novel. Per the rules, writers must start a new story and write 50,000 words to win. The novel doesn’t need to be complete, and if you hit the word count ahead of time, you’re free to keep writing. The concept of writing a novel in a month is a noble one. It gives writers an opportunity and the motivation to complete a novel, sometimes for the first time in their lives. It’s no surprise that one of the biggest challenges writers face on December 1st is a really bad first draft of their NaNoWriMo novel. Writers may end up with a bunch of words they can’t use. Plot details that need to be reworked. Setting that needs to be reconsidered. Characters that need to be developed. And...
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