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How Are You Inspired by Nature?

While hiking in California some years ago, I found the most magnificent tree I’d ever seen—a redwood of such grandeur that I nearly fell over backward trying to see its highest boughs. As I came closer, the smell of its resins enveloped me, and when I ran my hand across the deep creases of its…

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How I Got My Start As A Writer

How I Got My Start As A Writer

January 21, 2015 | Under On Writing | Posted by | 9 Comments

I have always loved the world of stories, ever since I was a kid. In fact, I loved stories so much that I even made up my own little magazine when I was in 5th or 6th grade. Unfortunately that little venture almost got me expelled when I decided to do a little exposé about…

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Dragons I Have Known

Dragons I Have Known

November 6, 2014 | Under On Writing | Posted by | 7 Comments

“How do you describe a dragon?“ Dragons are a frequent subject in the marvelous messages I receive from readers, and many of them have put this question to me in one form or another. Describing characters well is a great challenge for any writer, and the truth is I use the same three-layered process to…

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Questions from Readers About How I Develop And Write My Stories

One of the best things about being a writer with lots of loyal readers is the opportunity to answer your questions! From time-to-time I write on this blog to answer some of your questions. This post is about how I develop and write my stories. Q. How do you generate your ideas? A. My best…

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Some Notes About My Writing Process

New and aspiring writers often ask published writers, “What’s your process?” It feels a little funny to talk about the writing process, because it’s something I’m always learning about as well — even though I’ve been doing it for twenty years! But I can tell you a few of the things that have worked for…

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Questions from Readers About Writing and What Influenced Me to be a Writer

I’m often asked questions by other writers on how I got started writing, and for advice to them on their own writing. I try to answer as many of your emails and Facebook posts as I can, but sometimes I can’t get to them all. So I’ve gathered some of the best questions about writing,…

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Part II: How Do You Write Your Stories, T. A. Barron?

(This is part II of a two-part series on how I write. For part I, please click here.) I need to get three elements worked out before I can start a new book: Detailed descriptions of each new character; a big idea that drives the plot, usually in the form of a question or two…

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