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Reward your writing, www.newbiewriters.comI wrote on Writer’s Fun Zone about how to reward yourself for your writing.  sounds crazy? Sometimes writing is not its own reward. Sometimes, particularly when you’re editing, you need some encouragement and some fun.

That’s where a good reward system comes in.  Set one up, and keep to it, don’t ignore your own needs, that never works out well.

My only caution is to not reward yourself with alcohol.  No matter how tempting, it’s not a good habit.  Wine tasting trips, now that is completely different!

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I’m not a fan of Sara Gilbert per se, but she delivered a great TED talk on the Muse.  And based on that talk she has just published a book on creativity called Big Magic.

Her basic premise is a sound one: when it comes to writing, it’s not all about us.

In the past, writers and artists were not so much responsible for their creative work as they were honored to be the instruments of creative inspiration. The artist was simply a medium for a greater power to flow through them and create.

As passive as that … Read more

The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest: S.C Alban




A life Without Living.

Kate Martins appears to have it all, a good career, a beautiful home, and an amazing husband. What more could a woman ask for? But when Kate’s recurring nightmares begin to cross over into her waking hours, she discovers that her perfect life is not at all what it seems. It isn’t until she meets a mysterious stranger that Kate begins to truly question who she is and where she comes from.



S.C. Alban was born and raised in Northern California. After graduating … Read more

Back with another blab/blog.  I wanted to embed the Blab video, but while it’s possible on my web site, not so much on the blog site. There you go.  I am waiting for all this to get easier, and some things are easier, like blogging and podcasting.  But some still remain un-integrated.

Here is the Blab link.

We discussed how and when to add in atmosphere to your action or dialogue.  How to stay true to the genre for which you write.  How to make sure you aren’t leaving your reader behind.  We were focused on NaNoWriMo this last month, … Read more

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