How to Make Your Book’s Beginning Stand Out

What do Harry Potter, Princes Bride, Game of Thrones, and Leap Year all have in common? No, only two of them have cult like followings… The correct answer is they were all filmed in Ireland! Never been there? Its dizzying 300 foot cliffs, ancient fortresses, battle...
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What Scandinavia Can Teach You about Writing

What do Sweden, Norway and Denmark have in common? If you guessed they’re all absurdly beautiful, expensive and cold… you are correct! Maybe it’s just because I live in Texas and therefore have zero tolerance for cold but when the Scandinavians say, “It’s a lovely...
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What the Wishing Trees of Denmark Won’t Tell You

I took this picture yesterday while exploring Denmark. Me and my two travel buddies had just walked four or five miles trying to find our way out of the rundown labyrinth of Freetown Christiana. Never heard of the place? I’ll let my little friend do the explaining. I...
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How to Write Amazing Action

It’s hard to write believable action when the most exciting thing you’ve done this year is spike your cat’s water bowl. I say this because I’ve had a pretty action packed life and the action I’ve lived, I can write. One of my most infamous memories is of being...
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The Best Writing Advice I Ever Recieved

I once spent a year learning the art of chopping in China. Why you ask? Why not! Actually it was a misunderstanding as I was under the impression I’d be learning to make Chinese food. You can imagine my horror when my teacher brought in a live duck and slit its throat...
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