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Laurel's Leaves · 3d ago

"Attention splatter" and creative life

The biggest challenge to having a fulfilling creative life is mental clutter that keeps you from being fully present in your creative process. The last two months have for me been pretty muc...
Laurel's Leaves · 4W ago

Where All Men Have Gone Before

by guest author J. Grace PenningtonI chose science-fiction as my primary genre for many reasons, but one among many was the delightful fact that it limits the need for research.Of course, id...
Laurel's Leaves · 1M ago

My Best Tips from the Trenches on Revision

By guest author SM FordFirst drafts are a bit like this...Your first draft is done. Now what? Here’s what works for me.I read through the entire manuscript looking for bumps. If anything sto...
Laurel's Leaves · 1M ago

Writing faith for teens

How do you go about writing about faith in a way that isn’t off-putting to contemporary teens, but feels like it’s part of normal life?My approach begins from understanding that a life of fa...
Laurel's Leaves · 2M ago

Good guest guidelines for guest blogging

Being a guest on someone's blog can be a wonderful way to expand audience. But you won't get much traction with your posts if you can't give the visits proper attention.I've had lots of gues...
Laurel's Leaves · 2M ago

Choosing a frontier life in the flapper era: interview with DiVoran Lites

Interview with guest DiVoran LitesImage credit: https://morguefile.com/creative/ranbudTell us a little about your story and the story world you've created.Aldon and Ellie are the main charac...
Laurel's Leaves · 2M ago

Truth behind the fiction: A close call that became story fodder

By guest author Elise AbramPhoto by Talesin for MorguefileWhen I was a teenager, my family business had a booth at the Canadian National Exhibition in the Food Building. My brother and I ran...
Laurel's Leaves · 2M ago

Happy Anniversary Harry Potter: a blogging retrospective

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (know in the US as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone because publishers assume America...
Laurel's Leaves · 3M ago

The dilemma of "contemporary" fiction and one possible solution

I write stories about teens facing real-world problems in a today-ish setting. I say today-ish, because the biggest dilemma of writing a contemporary story is this:The world doesn't stand st...
Laurel's Leaves · 3M ago

Mystery blogger: nine things about me

When I first started this blog in 2009, blog "awards" were all the rage. I think 2010-11 was a peak period, in which I received and passed along more than a dozen. By 2013 no one was doing t...