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    The Target Audience Question: Who is Your Story For?

    “Hey Lizard. The main characters in my book are a trio of girls. I’m afraid that some male readers might be turned off by this. Should I add a guy to the group? Or what can I do to make guys more likely to take interest in my book? I’m just afraid of my book seeming like it was targeted at females, which isn’t the case.”

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    Lizard’s Ghost Story: Part Three

    This is the last installment of my ghost story series. Spoiler alert: I live. Though that’s how it tends to go in true stories. It might not be the most climactic finish, but it’s true and sometimes that’s just the way true things are.  So, I was fascinated by the high tower room. Who wouldn’t be? My classmates and I couldn’t help but stare when we crossed it down the hall. It was like it had eyes was always staring back. It gave you that feeling. That uneasiness. I don’t remember ever having a causal conversation in that hallway and I walked through it several days a week for years.…

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    Favorite First Lines

    I love good opening lines. It’s almost funny to look back on an old favorite and see what the first sentence actually was. Sometimes it feels fitting that that was how the book began, or it shows some lofty purpose the book was intended for. Either way, here are a few I love to spark some inspiration.  Does such a thing as “the fatal flaw,” that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside of literature? I used to think it didn’t. – The Secret History by Donna Tartt  If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where…

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    Now about my writing habits…

    So this was just about writing habits – I don’t know maybe I’m missing something. Someone please tell me if I am! I’ll just talk about what kind of things show up in the actual content of what I write a lot, the things I habitually return to thematically or otherwise again and again while writing.  One thing I’ve noticed about my writing is that there’s always some form of magic – and I don’t mean that I’m writing fantasy or even anything that might fit within the genre. Even in realistic fiction that I write there’s an element of, I guess, the fantastic. A lot of times there’s a lens…

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    You Might Never Find Your Way Back: Shirley Jackson’s Hangsaman – The Rumpus.net

    You Might Never Find Your Way Back: Shirley Jackson’s Hangsaman – The Rumpus.net Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson is one of my favorite novels of all time. I found this article fascinating. While I agreed with some aspects and picked up on others, I don’t think I could have tied in all of these different resources to try to engage with this book. If anything, Hangsaman is a book that requires this kind of reading (and frankly, rereading). I cannot get enough of it. 

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    Introducing 30 Prompts in 30 Days with Lizard is Writing and Idea Garden. These two bloggers are joining forces to provide you with one month of fresh, daily writing prompts. For those of you who haven’t yet met us, Idea Garden is a proudly NSFW writing prompt blog with a particular specialty for sex-themed prompts. Idea Garden carries a wide range of prompts outside of this niche, though it is a particularly supportive and safe outlet for the more risqué. Lizard is Writing is a blog on writing process and craft discussion, run by the book-loving Lizard. It’s safe for work and often focused on reflection and thoughts on technique,…

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    I’m hitting the road! This isn’t the first vacation I’ve taken, but I’m trying to be a little bit better about letting people know I might not be sitting right in front of my computer or for that matter even have wifi for a little while. I’m looking forward to a little R&R (Reading and Relaxation). I’m bringing about a dozen books with me. I’ll still be around and post regularly (well, maybe not on the days, I’m driving, but still). Don’t hesitate to reach out or ask questions – I’ll always answer, but it might be a little more delayed than usual. 

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    Lizard’s WIP Channel

    I guess this is just a little bit of an update. I mean, it’s no secret that I’m writing a novel and I’ve been able to work on it quite a bit with the writers of Tumblr group, WriteblrConnects (@writeblrconnections) started by @mcubed35.  We meet up on Slack to encourage each other and talk openly about our project and our experiences writing. Really, I cannot say enough good things about this group. I have made so many great friends through Writeblr Connects and there really is a way about everyone that has from the beginning just been so welcoming. Our fantastic moderator too has been so kind as to hold…