Maxing out Focus-Guest Post by Isobel DeBrujah

Let’s talk about maxing out focus. I’ve spent the better part of my adult life studying crime and psychology and the absolute best place to read about this phenomenon is the Persuasion Skills Blackbook: Practical NLP Language Patterns for Getting the Response You Want. Use your new found powers only for good.

Maxing out focus is a term used most often in descriptions of grifting and con artistry. Continue reading

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Creativity Series: Finding Your Magic In The Chaos

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Unless you’re living on Mars, you’re probably aware that things are, in a word, shitty.

Our new “President” (he’s not mine, for the record) has a cabinet that closely resembles one from Borgin and Burkes; complete with tiny grabbing hands, nasty-ass masks to hide behind, and instruments of torture and bigotry. Things are crappy. And they’ll probably get worse. Continue reading

Spend a Day with your MC

One of my favorite writing exercises for developing a multi-layered character is essentially method acting for writers.

Spend the day as your MC. Ask yourself, “What’s my rationale for this behavior? Given my own headcanon for this character, how will I respond crossing this busy, wet city street? What will I order for lunch? Why? What do I see right now that might trigger a memory or pain in me?” Continue reading