For storytellers and the works they’ve never gotten honest feedback about.

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Here’s the deal. If you’re anything like me you’ve probably be writing your story for a while. You’ve probably also passed it along to random friends, family, maybe even the occasional acquaintance. From everything you’ve heard, your writing is great and they like it. Which no doubt feels nice.

But…


An Unofficial Landing Page for Authors and the Readers who love them.

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EXPLORING WRITER TOPICS AND NICHES

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Critique Me — use so others know it’s cool to critique your story
Critique Groups — looking to…


In this very moment you have the capacity to change lives.

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“If it’s bad, I’ll hate it because I hate bad writing. If it’s good, I’ll be envious and hate it all the more. You don’t want the opinion of another writer.”

— Midnight In Paris (Corey Stoll’s Hemingway)

When I first heard this in the feature film I laughed harder…


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As I’ve continued to invest my time and energy into Medium I’ve continued to see lots of problems and challenges that Medium writers are facing. …


Part One of uncommon tools I use to solve story problems.

Wheel of Emotions via Pinterest

I know this wheel has made its rounds in various writing communities, and for it’s face value it’s been quite popular.

When I first saw it I thought it was an interesting representation of how I could better describe certain emotions. In essence it was about expanding my vocabulary. …


Writerly Maxims: Part two of a series that will improve your writing.

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The Power of Tension

Without a solid helping of tension even the most action packed scene will fall flat, and the most heart wrenching reflection will solicit a yawn.

Think about the last book that you set down and never picked up…


He slumped into the chains around his neck awaiting the execution he wouldn’t escape.

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H e was resigned, beaten to the core of his humanity, the humanity he’d spent the last few weeks leaving behind. Now, in this moment, he was proud. Proud because he knew something everyone else couldn’t. …


Writerly Maxims: Part one of a series that will improve your writing.

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Show Don’t Tell

This is the most common maxims shared to new writers.

Yet, if you were to pick up any book on your shelf and read through a few pages, I’m confident that you’d find at least one, if not more than one instance of a solid tell.

In general “show don’t…


Burn It Down: A Series of Unfortunate Writing Advice(s)

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Welcome to the first installment of an unproven writer submitting an unsolicited challenge against the most popular writing advice, so you can make a call on whether or not I’m out of my mind!

Our first piece of advice: “Read a lot, and write a lot”

I know what you’re…


My search for the heart and soul of Medium.

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I’ll keep this one short, sweet, and probably more than a little radical.

When I came back to Medium publications ruled my homepage, my suggestions, pretty much everything. I’m still working on building up my following and followed lists and I thought that a good mix of people and publications…

James Calderon

Fantasy Writer, Marketing Professional, Ex-Game Industry & Self-Help, here to lift up fellow writers and share insights about the craft of writing.

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