Why You Should Write When Writing Sucks

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Computer messages that shouldn’t be annoying any sane person right now– and here I am, having to schedule a restart for 9:15 AM (when I’ll be at work in the morning) so I can keep pecking at my keyboard undisturbed until I finally drag myself to bed when the creatively-exhausted stupor sets in– if I drag myself to bed at all tonight. I love my brain, I love watching this process of expressing ideas and stories unfold, but I do wish it were willing to show some sympathy to MY schedule, which pays the bills. Don’t let anyone tell you more »

Writing and the Creative Lens

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Below is the transcript of a talk I gave at England Run Library on April 12, 2015. You can download the accompanying slides here. — Hello, my name is Elanor Hope Kindred, otherwise known as E. H. Kindred, author of The Seven Wars series, artist, and graphic designer. When I agreed to do this presentation, I’d originally thought I would give you all the usual shpeel about writing, polishing your work, researching publishing options, marketing yourself… but I’ve talked about that a lot in the past few years. My first book came out in 2012, and since then, I’ve given more »

Women’s Forum Digital Painting Lecture

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I had a wonderful time speaking at the Barbara Hicks Geslock Women’s Forum in Fredericksburg this morning. As promised, I have uploaded my tutorials, slides, and presentation transcript to this page. You can also find it under Art > Tutorials via the header menu. Feel free to contact me with any questions, or to inquire about booking me for your own forum or event.

Upcoming Appearances

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I am speaking at two venues this Spring, so come out and see me if you’re in the area! — Saturday, March 28th, 10:00 a.m. James Monroe High School I’m speaking at the Fredericksburg Women’s Forum about digital art and illustration. Sunday, April 12, 2:00 p.m. England Run Library I’m a guest speaker for the CRRL’s Spring Author Series, talking about my approach to writing. — I will also be showing art for the month of April at England Run Library, and having a collection of my writing-related items displayed at the Headquarters Library in downtown Fredericksburg April-May. These will more »

The Dynamic Muse [A Final Thesis]

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The Dynamic Muse The Literary and Spiritual Personification of Creativity There have always been unseen forces that influence and inspire the lives of Men, forces that are as mysterious as they are powerful. The Ancient Greeks explained and personified these creative forces in a variety of contexts, and while these explanations have distinct manifestations in literature and religion across time, the explanations found in each sphere are surprisingly similar, and it is possible to catch a glimpse of the underlying power common to each interpretation. This study traces the origins of Muse figures from their beginnings in Ancient Greece and more »

Four Down, Three to Go

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I am currently in the process of re-writing the main series of my fantasy novels, a series of seven. I have just recently completed the re-write of the fourth book, putting me over halfway through the series. I’ve attempted to re-write individual books before, but back in October I made the decision to completely re-write the first set of my novels, and thus far have made very good progress. I’m already about 3,000 words into the re-write of the fifth book. Some reasons why re-writing is a good thing: It helps me refine my plot, theme, and the overall effect more »

Skip the Boring Parts

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I discussed this idea with a fellow writer not long ago and was surprised that not many people seemed to have thought of it. So, I’m posting it here for your consideration. I rarely write in a linear fashion. I’ll start into the book on page one, but it doesn’t take long before I start to get bored. You writers out there will know what I mean; you just don’t feel like writing a particular scene, and your mind is preoccupied with another scene that you just know is going to be awesome. Thus, I say: write whatever you are more »