6 Ways To Take Advantage of Summer as a Writer

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Well, it’s May 1st, so most of us are wrapping up school and have our eyes on summer.  Maybe you have lots of plans (Yay for vaccines!) or a job, or perhaps you just plan […]

Evaluating Your Reasons for Belief

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When you’re studying other viewpoints, and (hopefully) trying to evaluate their truthfulness, it’s important to know why you believe your current views, whatever that reason may be.  I don’t mean “Why is this true,” or […]

3 Ways to Save Time (But Please Don’t)

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We can all use more time in our lives, can’t we?  Between school, potentially work, writing, and who knows what other activities, life is busy.  Fortunately, there are ways you can find more time without […]

When to Set the Cool Ideas Aside

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This is the biggest project you’ve attempted yet.  It’s going to be your masterpiece, and you can unleash the full force of your creativity and writing knowledge gained since your last project.  It’s a fantasy […]

The Downsides of Religion (aka Humanity Has a Lot to Lose, Too)

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This is the promised part 2 to the last post addressing Pascal’s Wager.  Buckle your seat belt, because this is going to be a long one for what was originally an individual supporting point. Religion […]

Responding to Pascal’s Wager

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Put simply, Pascal’s Wager states that it’s best to believe in God, because if he’s not real, nothing happens when you die, but if he is, you have everything to gain or lose by believing […]

13 Unusual Questions for Character Development

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When you’re creating characters, you have the obvious questions.  What’s their name?  How old are they?  What do they look like?  What are their interests, and what’s their worldview?  Strengths, weaknesses, and deepest fear?  These […]

The 7 Essential Qualities of a Writer

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Someone asked me once what qualities were necessary to “do” English (i.e. in the writing sense).  After thinking a bit, I came up with this list of seven traits.  It’s not meant to be the […]

5 Benefits of Working as a Teen

Some of you probably have a job, while others of you don’t due to your age, health, or other factors.  Perhaps you’re able to get one now, or are just about to turn sixteen, but […]

Reinventing the Love Triangle

I will admit, I’ve never been a big fan of romance stories.  I’m more of an action/adventure/mystery type girl.  Considering that I’m eighteen and dating now though, I’ve started to appreciate a good romantic subplot […]