Tools of the Trade

Welcome to the internal process, the mind, the tips, tricks, and tools that make the magic happen.

Melodrama: Why Stereotypes and Tropes in Entertainment are Just Fine

Don’t be so melodramatic. We’ve all heard the admonition, either directed at us or by us at another person. The term is also generally considered pejorative when applied to modern performance styles. But why? What’s so wrong with melodrama? Really nothing. Victorian-style melodramas like the one I’m currently rehearsing for are big, loud . . …

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Why Writer’s Block Is A Lie, And You Just Need A Craft Book

Yesterday, we discussed 10 Career-Killing Doubts and How To Squash Them. And I promised you a full post today on doubt # 3. There’s something wrong, and I don’t know what to do. Remember how I said you’re probably too creative for your own good? Story time. I started my novels at age 19. After pounding …

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10 Career-Killing Doubts and How To Squash Them For Writers

Yesterday, I said I’d be using Tuesdays to talk about Success. So, I ran across a Facebook status by the lovely Mette Harrison that inspired this post. Let me know if the link ever breaks. For ten years, I’ve fought these devils of doubt in my own writing. Most of them are like little ankle-biting dragons …

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Strategic Retreat, Paradigm Shift, and Reorganizing the Blogging Plan

Ever have an experience that forces you into a radical paradigm shift? You know, the type where you reckoned you had everything figured out, and you knew what worked, and then… Life hit you on the way out the door? As of five days ago, this blog launched with my post, Why Not To Wear Only …

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