A Month of Misery – Changing How I Think About Happiness

I hate self-help books. Actually, no, that’s an understatement. I loathe self help books. Most of the ones I’ve read are full of vapid, meaningless advice that’s designed to make you feel good about yourself without giving you anything really actionable. They give you a brief feeling of general confidence that you can be ‘happy’ …

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3 Ways Tabletop Gaming Helped Me Improve as a Writer

Hey, quick question to everyone reading - who here has played Dungeons and Dragons, or some other tabletop gaming system? Well, for those of you who haven’t, Dungeons and Dragons - and all the tabletop games that came later - can be hard to understand. The best explanation I have is this: remember when you …

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How I Outline my Novels – From a Recovering Panster

As I’ve mentioned before, I used to be a pure pantser. I’d go into a story, screaming with excitement, and run with it, just seeing where it took me. No outline, no road map, no plan. Sometimes, that would lead to weird and wonderful things that I never expected. Other times, it lead me to …

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