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On Supercharging Your Chapters

May 31, 2021

By Christine Carron

Many years ago, I attended a session on revision during Grubstreet’s annual Muse and the Marketplace conference led by Ann Hood. A tip I learned in that session remains one of the most practical writing tips I’ve ever received. It was all about what causes flat...

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On Directed Reverie, Stress, and Protecting Your Writerly Headspace

May 24, 2021

By Christine Carron

The other day, I came across a phrase that I adore: directed reverie. Officially, it’s a therapy technique to help someone release intense emotions. But those two words together struck me as a perfect description of the headspace that helps us writers create...

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On Finding Your Writerly Bee Space

May 17, 2021

By Christine Carron

Bee space. A distance of three-eighths of an inch, and the amount of space honeybees will leave open in a hive. More than that and they span it with honeycomb. Less than that and they plug the empty space with propolis. It’s sort of like the bee equivalent of...

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On Writer’s Block and Going Full Munificent

May 10, 2021

By Christine Carron

I don’t know your story.  I do know you have one.

I’m not talking about your story-story but your you-story. The story that drives you to write; the story that also might, on occasion, get in the way of you writing. Here’s my suspicion: If you’re...

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On Revision, Sculpture, and Pliable Stone

May 03, 2021

By Christine Carron

I’m close to finishing a third revision of a middle grade novel. The first two revisions fell into place with an almost unreal ease and with each, and I had a visceral experience of both the story getting stronger and my craft skills sharpening. Sweet!

Then I got to...

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On the (Real) Purpose of a Query Letter

Apr 26, 2021

By Christine Carron

Like old-school record albums, there are two sides to the writing adventure: the A-side and the B-side. The A-side, the Artistic side, is the work we writers do to craft a story that we hope will gobsmack our readers. Often, the A-side is the juice, the special sauce, the ...

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On Solving Story Pickles

Apr 19, 2021

By Christine Carron

The past fwe weeks we have explored Whole Brain Thinking, identifying different ways you might use it and layering in deeper meaning and understanding of the model each week. For our final post in this first-ever Goodjelly cycle focused on Whole Brain Thinking,...

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On the Sweetening Power of Meaning

Apr 12, 2021

By Christine Carron

Continuing our Whole Brain Thinking series, today we will explore one of the most powerful applications of the model: helping you to situationally shift into less preferred modes of thinking, i.e., helping you do things that you don’t like doing. An application...

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On Going Generative

Apr 05, 2021

By Christine Carron

Today is the midpoint of our Whole Brain adventure on the blog. Sweet! 

Two weeks ago, we introduced the Herrmann Whole Brain Model. Last week, we analyzed the Plotter versus Pantser dynamic from a Whole Brain perspective. With just those two reference points, you may be...

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On Whole Braining Your Writing Adventure

Mar 22, 2021

By Christine Carron

I once delivered a speech on the benefits of growing up with a mentally ill father. A main benefit I highlighted was that it spurred a lifelong curiosity about balance, health, and healing. I was (and am) a learning maven, churning through any idea for how it might help me...

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