Category Archives: Learning

The Fifth and Final NaNo 2020 Progress Report

The National Novel Writing Month (NaNo) has been a staple for me ever since I wrote the first draft of Shafter in 2004. I’ve finished as early as on day five and as late as within 10 minutes of the … Continue reading

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Notes from World Building Techniques and Approaches at BayCon 2017

Panelists: Kevin Andrew Murphy, Ms. Jennifer L. Carson, Jon Chaisson, and Katharine Kerr Moderated by me (Margaret McGaffey Fisk) Note: I’ve tried to get the correct attributions, but sometimes multiple people spoke on the same concept so no guarantees I … Continue reading

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Preparation is Everything – From Idea to Writing: 2016 Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour

When I first started writing, it was all “seat of my pants.” No notes, no plotting, nothing but me, a pen or pencil, and the blank page. At some point, and I honestly don’t remember when, that changed into a … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from Other Storytelling Genres: 2015 Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour

The topic for this month is lessons learned from other storytelling genres. This is a strong one for me because I didn’t come to storytelling through writing. I came to it from an oral tradition that I later tried to … Continue reading

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The Audience Connection: A Philosophical Essay by Sean Fisk

My son, Sean Fisk, is completing his degree in theater at Southern Oregon University, the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He recently posted the below essay to his Facebook page, and I asked if I could share it with … Continue reading

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