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Cheryl Reif

Cheryl lives and writes with her inspirational family, two energetic dogs, and a small mammal menagerie, all of which are fairly tame. She writes about cool science stuff for children and adults, daydreams about stories and characters 87% of the time, and tries not to plot novels while driving. You can also find Cheryl on Twitter @CherylRWrites, Pinterest., and Google. Come say hi!

The Myth of Simple

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I read recently that the brain tends to see everything as far more simple than it actually is.* It was remarkably refreshing to read that this is a problem common to humanity, since it’s one I struggle with all the time.

Take writing, for instance. I get an idea for a new book project, and …

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Writing as an Act of Faith: A Case Study

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I have to admit, over the past year writing fiction has been much more difficult that previously. Months ago, I thought I was days away from finishing my novel—only I couldn’t quite seem to get those last few scenes written. I wasn’t sure exactly how they would play out, which made it extremely difficult to …

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How Dreams Can Inspire Your Fiction Writing

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Laura K. Deal is both a wonderful writer and a graduate of the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work, and she combines these two sides of her life when she teaches classes such as Writing and Dream Symbols, which I attended a few weeks ago. In the class, we performed a series of writing exercises …

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Ten Questions to Ask When Beginning a Book

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Do any of these describe you? You’re a plotter, and you’re starting to figure out the structure of your novel. You’re a plotter, and now that you’ve worked out all the ins and outs of your story structure, you’re ready to begin the book. You’re a pants-ster, you’ve got an awesome idea, and you’re ready …

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Reasons to Write

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Have you seen the movie Freedom Writers?

Based on true events, it tells the story of English teacher Erin Gruell in a recently-integrated high school where gang violence and racial conflict are a fact of life. Her classroom of at-risk students isn’t particularly interested in what she has to say.

 

Why should they …

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