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Magic Beans: What They Are and Where to Plant Them

This post is part of the Write With Me series. For more like this, check out the writing your novel page. Magic beans aren't just for planting. Most of them don't even grow into beanstalks. In fact, nearly all of them aren't even beans, or magic for that matter. So what am I going on about? I'm… Continue reading Magic Beans: What They Are and Where to Plant Them

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Murder! The Literarily Literal

Kill your darlings, they say. Every writer has at least heard the phrase, and the interpretations of what it really means vary from deleting a favorite phrase to an entire beat or event. Those darlings aren't what bring me here today, however. Today we talk about murder--actual, literary murder. In literature as in life, people die. I can't… Continue reading Murder! The Literarily Literal