Love to Hate… Villains
Feb24

Love to Hate… Villains

Wicked snarls, cackling laughter, and goading, greedy intentions… Villains can be misunderstood and even evil. We all have our favorite bad guys, and we love to hate them. A few of the villains that have resonated with me in my lifetime are Maleficent (Disney’s Sleeping Beauty), Loki (Thor), Agent Smith (The Matrix), Hannibal Lector (The Silence of the Lambs), Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter Series), Gollum (The Lord of the...

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For the LOVE… Of Writing
Feb04

For the LOVE… Of Writing

During the month of February, we’re reminded of all the people we love. The glittering hearts, chocolate overindulgence, and tents filled with bouquets on the side of the road are a flashing-red-neon-sign that we prioritize who/what we LOVE. I know you love your spouse, kids, cat, dog, etc. (at least I hope you do), you even love your car, TV, favorite actors and authors. My question for you today is… Do you love writing?...

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Outlines: The Bones of Your Story
Jan26

Outlines: The Bones of Your Story

Morgan Wylie, Gaby Robbins, and I (Kallie Ross) are discussing different ways to outline your novel, why it’s important, and how it can help you write a better story. We all work in different ways, even though notecards are the best, and we can all learn from each other. As a creative force, the thing to keep in mind is that trying various methods can lead to more/better ideas for your story! Here are the links we discuss…...

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Time Suck(s)
Jan19

Time Suck(s)

Let’s get real, TIME Suck(s)! Whether it’s a busy day and there’s absolutely no time for writing, or you can fit in an hour or two but only write 500 words, TIME has a way of sucking! I (Kallie Ross), Morgan Wylie, and Gaby Robbins discuss how we’re fighting time each day. With time management, planning, preparing and ploughing through you can get a lot more done than you ever imagined. TIME could be on your...

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Working Out Your Novel Idea
Jan13

Working Out Your Novel Idea

On this hangout, myself (Kallie Ross), Gaby Robbins, and Morgan Wylie have some fun fleshing out new novel ideas. With some of the wacky writing exercises I use in the classroom, you’ll see that your own ideas aren’t far from becoming a novel!   If you want to follow along, but hate the idea of missing out on a question, here’s a list of the writing exercises in this hangout… What’s your story idea?...

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Writing in 2015
Jan07

Writing in 2015

Distractions and excuses have no place in 2015. Whether it’s laundry, grading papers, gabbing girlfriends, or a new episode of my favorite show I’m striving to implement the opposite of my norm. Instead of putting off writing, I plan to write and put off ALL (ok, most of) the things that make me feel guilty about not finishing the next chapter or writing a relevant blog post. This is great news for readers, because I plan...

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#WriterlyWeekend
Oct17

#WriterlyWeekend

To kickstart a new novel, I’ve dedicated this entire weekend to writing. In addition to reaching my goal of completing two chapters, I also hope to share some writing exercises throughout the weekend. You can follow me on Twitter (@KallieRoss), or just check out the tweets below…   What does your character/reader learn in each chapter that changes them or their world? #WritingExercise1 #WriterlyWeekend...

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Puzzling It All Together!
Aug25

Puzzling It All Together!

This week Morgan Wylie, Gaby Robbins, and I talk about piecing plots and subplots together to form the best novel possible. It’s a puzzle, and there’s not a picture on the box for reference!  

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