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S. M. Metzler
YA high fantasy and sci-fi writer, bookworm, and fandom fanatic.
YA high fantasy and sci-fi writer, bookworm, and fandom fanatic.
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If you’re a writer, you may at some point have set a word count goal for a story you were writing. If you’ve ever been a NaNoWriMo participant, you know the real struggle and pain and the hard-earned reward at the end of the month once you finally reach…

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New post up: Psychology, People, and Personalities in Writing

Psychology has always been a fascinating subject of study and scrutiny for me. Only last week I identified the source of frustration I constantly felt about people: I just want to understand them. What goes in each of their little minds that causes them…

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Bethany Jennings, a wonderful blogger, Christian writer, and homeschool mom (wow! talk about being an inspiration) has this hashtag called #WIpjoy, in which she comes up with a question for each day in whatever month it happens (usually three times a…

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When I first developed my story for Netherworld, I just created a villain simply so that my protagonist had some evil to fight against. But when I started questioning my villain’s motives, I realized that to have a full story, it is crucial to develop the…

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Things have shifted crazily with writing this past year. As most of you know, my NaNoWriMo 2016 novel Fiction’s Lie is on the way to indie publication through Amazon’s Createspace, but there’s a lot of other projects going on as we speak I type. I’ve…

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SPIDERMAN WAS AMAZING. And so I wrote a review (with spoilers) about it. Thank you Marvel for creating this movie and redeeming the story of my new favorite superhero.

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In which I talk about my trip to the Anime Expo in Los Angeles and post lots of pictures about it too.

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I’m a fan of comfort zones. I’m not a huge adventurer and don’t take pleasure in running risks, even the small ones. I usually don’t venture away from my favorite genres, like fantasy and science fiction. I shy away from reading other genres, and I know…

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In which I discover the magic of ambience background white noise for writing. Here we have fantasy, sci-fi, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings ambience as well as a lot of medieval fantasy taverns. What scene are you writing? Find the background noise for that scene and listen while you write!

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If you’ve been following my blog for a good while, you may have noticed that I like to talk a lot about listening to film scores while writing and how the emotions composed specifically for movie scenes could also be used while writing similar scenes in…
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