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Melanie Marttila
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SF/F author in progress. Creating worlds from whole cloth; dreamsinger, ink alchemist, and learning mutt.
SF/F author in progress. Creating worlds from whole cloth; dreamsinger, ink alchemist, and learning mutt.

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The thoughty is a little more substantial this week. Jim C. Hines considers all that “pro-life” encompasses, or what it should. Darius Foroux says, the purpose of life is not happiness, but usefulness. Medium Emily J. Smith: the art of being completely…
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It’s been a tasty week for informal writerly learnings 🙂 Donna Galanti explains how to build suspense: meet your readers in the middle and they will come. Writers in the Storm It’s been a while, but Fae Rowan is back with part three of her series on five…
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Just a bit of thoughty again, but I hope it’s enough to get your mental corn popping. Abigail Jones: this is the suicide story you’re not hearing. Cosmopolitan Dina Sachan says, stop pushing your sadness away; negative emotions can be good for you. Fast…
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Ah, September. Did you have to come so soon? Now we say our fond farewells to summer and get back to work and school. Shore yourself up with some informal writerly learnings. Shannon Baker and Jess Lourey want you to write what you fear: why, how, and a…
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Here's how to figure out which sloppy writing habits unleash your creativity and which inhibit you by unnecessarily complicating the process.

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Greetings, my writerly peeps! I won’t say it again. I will not. If you’ve read the last few next chapter updates, you know what I’m resisting writing. It’s still true, but I think that by this time, it goes without saying. On to the writing progress…
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Just a little thoughty this week. Alexandra Hansen: is it possible to catch up on sleep? Yes and no. Quartzy What if solar energy was as easy as pressing “print”? PBS Reinventors   Mary Halton interviews Farah Alibay: when flying to Mars is your day job.…
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Here are five ways you can use the deceptive simplicity of the Enneagram personality-typing system to write better characters.

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It’s the last week of August (!) Where did the summer go? Ah well, console yourself with some informal writing learnings. K.M. Weiland offers three thoughts on what to do about writer’s jealousy. Helping Writers Become Authors Julianna Baggott: the…
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Thoughty Thursday is more video than not, this week. Still, let’s see if we can’t get your mental corn popping. Annakeara Stinson says, hacks for overthinking aren’t as complex as you think. Elite Daily Rob Harvilla eulogizes Aretha Franklin, a pop star…
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