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Richard Milner

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Richard Milner is a writer, educator, and speaker currently living in Tokyo and teaching at the Tokyo University of Science, among other institutions. He has his MA from Southern Methodist University in Digital Creative Media and worked in the digital games industry in Texas and California for six years as a narrative and content designer. He has also worked as a mental health care professional in New York and Connecticut reintegrating disabled individuals into the workforce.

Richard’s debut speculative fiction novel Vessel of Kali, derived from Hindu mythology, was released in 2014 to positive reviews. Richard has toured in the US and the UK and conducted numerous productivity-focused writers’ workshops for both novice and experienced creat
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Richard Milner I find that writer's block is best circumvented before it has the chance to even exist. In short: set yourself up for success.

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I find that writer's block is best circumvented before it has the chance to even exist. In short: set yourself up for success.

Front-load your planning. Many writers undervalue the importance of planning, and get stuck because they're trying to plan what to write *while writing.* Instead, plan, develop a routine - just like going to work, or going to the gym - and then be a soldier about following your routine. Create an environmental space & time where you can safely enter "writing mode," whether it be under a tree in your back yard at midnight, or from 6-8 AM in the bathroom before your kids wake up - whatever is creatively conducive and stimulating.

Once writing, if you find yourself stuck, the worst thing you can do is stop. Writing is exactly like exercising a muscle, or practicing an instrument: it only gets done, and gets better, through the act itself. Waiting on or relying on inspiration is a surefire way to get blocked. Don't shrink from writer's block - smash it with an elbow to the face.(less)
Richard Milner Never - I repeat: never - hedge your voice, your thoughts, your perspective, or your creative power for the sake of critics, publishers, industry conv…moreNever - I repeat: never - hedge your voice, your thoughts, your perspective, or your creative power for the sake of critics, publishers, industry conventions, or any other factor motivated by fear. Proudly defend your creation and your right to write precisely what you want. Don't believe for a second that your job as a writer is to figure out the "right way" to write. The chance to write is a gift bordering on sacred, and it needs to be protected - as a collective art form, and a manifestation of our human experience. Be truthful with yourself when writing, and your work will show exactly who you are.(less)
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Vessel of Kali

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Deconstruction: A Brief History of Seven Killings

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I recently finished “A Brief History of Seven Killings” and was so strongly moved by it that I needed to take a break from reading. Granted, I read “To Kill a Mockingbird” on a cross-continental flight since then (and could, and might, write a diatribe in response), but Harper Lee’s mainstay is so wholesome and inoffensive and indisputable in its moral rectitude that I felt it served as an

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