Finding True Love For Your Character – by Laura Ingermann

Love. It’s such a mysterious thing. And it isn’t any easier to find in your own story, which is kind of odd, isn’t it - after all, you’re the plot god; it’s your world, your creatures, and if you say ‘Now kiss!’, sparks should be flying, and rainbows should be shooting out of... clouds, and …

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How to Pants the Living Daylights Out of Your Story – A Journey with M.C. Torrent

So last time I talked about Dungeons and Dragons and mentioned how similar tabletop RPGs can help you with your worldbuilding/plotting. But another unexpected benefit I’ve discovered from DMing my current campaign was the result of the sheer stupidity of my players and how incredibly well they’ve managed to butcher the storyline so far. We’ve …

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The Importance of Writing Groups – by Joy Fetters

For the longest time, I thought that writing was a solitary activity.  I’m one of those writers who likes to go to Barnes and Noble, plug in noise-cancelling headphones, and just write away for a few hours, and I tend to do my best when I’m alone.  Until I started participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel …

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GIVEAWAY MONTH STARTS NOW!

Check out the giveaways happening for our second associated book!

GIVEAWAY TIME STARTS NOW!!!

Ahhh you guys! Finally time for The CHAOS CIRCUS giveaways! I I am super excited for these giveaways – there will be four of them, each one a week long, for all of February! I’ve been curating content for months and I’m so excited to finally share!

Each prize package contains: 1 masque, 2 Chaos Circus bookmarks, an exclusive piece of Chaos Circus art (made by the insanely talented @sunset_opal), a balloon necklace just like Tessa’s, and a bonus $10 Starbucks gift card to meet your coffee and tea needs!

How to enter:
📖 Preorder The Chaos Circus (links at https://linktr.ee/reneeduganwriting)
📖 Email proof of purchase to renee.s.dugan@gmail.com and include your name and mailing address in case you win.

And that’s it! Your name will be entered for all four rounds and I will contact you if you win!

Drawings will take place every Friday…

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WHY YOUR STORY’S PREMISE AND CONCEPT AREN’T THE SAME THING – by Lauren Ingermann

Just as there is yin and yang, pantsers and plotters, so there are also two kinds of writing... let’s call them “zones.” The one zone is clear and structured, with lots of rules and tips and worksheets to fill out. Story structure comes to mind, with its plot points and pinch points and percentages to …

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I’ve Joined Authortube!

One of our Founders has joined Authortube!

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That’s right, folks! ReneeDuganWriting has found another outlet – this time in the visual platform! I’ll be repurposing a lot of the old content from this site with a fresh perspective spin on things, as well as doing giveaways, challenges, tags, YouTube-exclusive content and more!

You can watch my debut video, subscribe, and ring the bell HERE!

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The Exploration Draft – by Laura Ingermann

The most common distinction writers like to make among themselves is plotters vs pantsers. Epitome of originality that I am, I found another distinction much more interesting: knitters vs. sewers. Yes, that’s right, I’m still talking about writers, even though I borrowed these terms from the fabric-crafting folks. I hate knitting; I just don’t have …

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