Writing Exercises


Your characters are probably an inspiration to you, as well as to your readers. So, creating creatures of habit and cool nerdy kids with moral and/or ethical qualities is crucial if you want those individuals connecting to your characters. I want to be clear… Even the worst of your villains needs to relate to his or her audience. Over the next few days let’s discover different characteristics to consider, take the TARDIS...

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Have we become so uncreative as a culture that we can’t think on our own? Do we need someone to provide a numbered menu and drive through to pick up our creations at the next window? We all have the ability to create. I recently posed a question on Facebook and Twitter, and asked what people would create if they could create anything. Guess what I got? Nothin’. Not one person answered. The next day I posted a similar question in...

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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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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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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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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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