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Witches January Roundup! How do you start your writing year?

Lindsey: Writing Resolutions: I’m not one for New Year Resolutions, per se. I find they fill me with guilt and shame – and as Daniel José Older tells us, guilt and shame about writing are a good way to talk yourself out of writing. So instead of a resolution, I have a goal. The goal is to write the story. How I get there doesn’t have to be perfect, and isn’t about “Writing Every Day.” It’s about letting myself remember that I love to write. This past year plus I’ve been fighting through a writing funk — fueled by sadness…

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Write like the wind! Secrets of winning NaNoWriMo

I won NaNoWriMo with The Bloody Sun and the Black Moon! I reached word count last Monday (November 20, 2017) which is a good thing, since I never get anything written when I’m visiting my family, which I did for Thanksgiving this year. Actually, unless I’m specifically attending a writing retreat, I never really get any writing done when I’m traveling, period. Which is one of those things I want to make note of, and plan around. This is the third year in a row that I’ve hit word count and I believe I have Annie Bellet to thank. At…

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Witches NaNoWriMo Roundup!

Who’s doing NaNoWriMo this year? What’s your project? Aynjel: I opted for an alternate NaNoWriMo this year because I’m deep enough in an existing project that I didn’t want to sideline it for a month to start something new.  So this year, NaNoWriMo is that last big push to get to THE END of my Jem & The Holograms meets Rollerball-inspired novel.  Going into November, I had 80k down, and felt like I had 40k left to go.  If I finish the draft, that’s my personal NaNo goal met, but there’s still that pesky bar chart with (probably) another 10k…

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Happy Halloween from the Word Witches!

Halloween is a good witchy time to celebrate our website, and give it our full attention. After a big, busy summer, we’re ready to start witching in earnest, so we’re kicking things off on the witches’ favorite holiday! We are a small coven of creative individuals, who admire and want to promote each other. We enjoy nerding-out about creative endeavors; our own and those of others! Traditionally, those accused of witchcraft were considered outsiders or outspoken in some way. Women who were loud, people who bucked the norm. As writers and creative people, we think it’s important to be outspoken,…

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The Howling

I rewatched this after having positive memories of seeing it on television long ago. Plot recap: Dee Wallace is Karen, a TV news anchorwoman in LA who has been getting messages from a serial killer who is obsessed with her. She agrees to meet with him, while wearing a wire, in the hope that she can bust him. But the wire doesn’t function and instead she is shadowed by a couple of cops. The killer lures her to a porno movie booth (through a happy face sticker device that is pretty creepy) and says disturbing killer-y things. When she screams,…

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Julie McGalliard Norwescon Schedule

Thursday Paranoia (Will Destoy Ya) 9:00pm – 10:00pm @ Cascade 5&6    Friday Self Publishing Comics: Online and On Paper 1:00pm – 2:00pm @ Cascade 3&4     Inclusive Voices in Horror 4:00pm – 5:00pm @ Cascade 7&8   The Kids Aren’t All Right 6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Cascade 5&6   Reading:  Julie McGalliard 7:00pm – 7:30pm @ Cascade 2   Saturday Autograph Session 1 2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Grand 2   Wolf in the Fold – Enduring Allure of Shape-changers 3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Cascade 7&8   Why Do Villains Look Like That? 6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Cascade 5&6…

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Note to self: Does your novel have the same flaws as Crimson Peak?

Last year, I finished most of a draft of the sequel to Waking Up Naked In Strange Places (working title: Stripping Down to Scars). For a while I set it aside, because I was caught up in doing things related to the published novel, but during the Clarion West Write-a-Thon I decided to get back to it. I read what I had written. And… …it wasn’t good. To tell you. the truth, it was kinda boring. There was a lot going on, but no sense of urgency. It was somehow missing that fundamental spark that makes something a story instead…

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Movie: The Witch

Premise: An exiled Puritan family trying to survive in the wilderness is targeted by an enigmatic supernatural threat, but the worst threat might be the paranoia that drives them to turn on each other. Briefly: Beautifully made, with an excellent cast and a haunting soundtrack. The archaic language is a particularly interesting choice. However, if you’re looking for out-and-out scares, you will probably be disappointed. What follows might contain spoilers (depending on what you consider a spoiler), be thou warned! Hence! A witch movie set in early colonial New England cannot help but summon the specter of the Salem Witch…

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What Makes a Good Main Character?

What makes a main character my favorite? I’ve made a list of some of my favorite protagonists, from some of my favorite books, and thought about why they hooked me. I’m someone who is pulled in by character first, before ideas. I don’t have to directly relate to a character, but I do have to care about them, want to read about them, feel engaged in their struggle and their whole arc. Here is a list of some of my favorite protagonists of all time (not all of them, but still a very long list): Anne Shirley – Anne of…

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