Writing

Thinking About Mean Girls

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I’m thinking about mean girls this week.  Not because I’ve had any kind of run-in with trolls or anything.  Actually because I’ve been deciding what to do about a woman in my novella.  I originally cast her as a mean girl (TOTALLY had a particular real one from my past in mind when I did […]

Writing

The Dangers of Cliche

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I find myself thinking a lot about cliche lately.  Cliche is generally something we’re taught to avoid in writing.  We don’t want cliched plot or heroes.  But every now and then, you find a use for them.  In particular, with secondary characters.  See, using cliches or stereotypes allows for instant descriptions.  You give us these […]