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On Going Far Enough

Aug 16, 2021

By Christine Carron

There was a weeping willow tree in the backyard of the house where I spent my youngest childhood years. I have a particular memory of climbing it. Higher and higher I went until I was clinging to the central leader at the very top of that willow. I inchwormed myself up just...

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On Story QA

Aug 09, 2021

By Christine Carron

In software development, the process that ensures that a delivered product works as expected is called quality assurance (QA). Perhaps as a result of being steeped in software development for over twenty-five years, I have always thought of the editing and revision process in...

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On Taking Your Readers on a Ride

Aug 02, 2021

By Christine Carron

If you’re a writer, then I figure I’m not going too far out on the proverbial limb if I state that you probably want someone, even lots of someones, to read your work. Basically, you want readers. I fully admit to having that particular want myself. 

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On How To Be a Great Partner to Your Writing

Jul 26, 2021

By Christine Carron

The other day I watched a special episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee from 2015 where Jerry Seinfeld visits with then President Obama in the White House. In the second half of the interview, after Seinfeld cheekily points out that he’s made way more money than...

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On Balls in the Air

Jul 19, 2021

By Christine Carron

I’m learning to juggle. I’m about three weeks in. My process, for the most part, has been (a) throw balls into the air, and (b) watch balls fall to the earth. On occasion, my hands interrupt the falling. A joyful squeal may have (okay, totally did) come out of me...

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On Tutu Moments and Rocking Your ZPD

Jul 12, 2021

By Christine Carron

In writing, as with anything we do, there’s the desired output and the process we go through to achieve the desired output. Let’s say the desired output is a commercially successful novel, i.e., we want to earn some scratch (gasp!) for our artistic labor. Now, for...

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On Avoiding 1996 British TV Crime Drama Dialogue in Action Scenes

Jul 05, 2021

By Christine Carron

I am a sucker for British crime dramas so I feel a tad bit guilty for what I am about to do: dissect a scene from one (that shall remain unnamed) in order to highlight dialogue techniques that are probably best left to the small screen—and retro small screen at...

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On Action Hunks and Narrative Leaps

Jun 28, 2021

By Christine Carron

Sometimes I order books and they sit unread for years. Others I inhale immediately. How to Become an Extreme Action Hero by Elizabeth Streb was an inhaler. 

Before proceeding, let’s be clear. I am not an extreme action hero. I once took a boot camp style exercise...

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On Creating Peak Story Moments

Jun 21, 2021

By Christine Carron

In The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact, authors Chip Heath and Dan Heath explore why certain brief experiences jolt us, even transform us—and how we can learn to create such elevated moments in our life and work. 

We writers, of...

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On Cultivating Completion Artistry

Jun 14, 2021

By Christine Carron

Thirty pages. Thirty pages to go to get through the rough-cut of this revision I have been working on since October. It’s got me thinking about us writers and how, since writing is such a long game, we are in what can feel like a constant state of longing to complete: ...

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