Writing Life: Thankfulness

Today is not a post about craft but about thankfulness. How often do we take the time to just be thankful for our ability to write creatively? The ability to create something with words that touches heart, imaginations, and minds is incredible. We transcend the typical and craft something new. We each use our unique […]

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Procrastination Plan: Boredom

Sometimes, procrastination happens not because of fears, competing demands, or insufficient time. Sometimes the cause is boredom with the project. Here’s a few of the reasons a writer might become bored. Over-plotting. Even though many writers are helped by outlines, over-plotting can take away the fun, enthusiasm, and adventure of writing a first draft. How […]

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Writing Fears: Unbalance your Fears

One way to overcome your writing fears is to make sure the benefits of writing outweigh the fears. People tend to think of motivation as coming from the inside or the outside. Motivation also can come from positives and it can come from negatives. Because this is such a vast subject, but is relevant now, […]

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Strategies to Reach 50k: Stamina

One often overlooked element of writing is stamina. Writing stamina is linked not only to attention span, imagination, and will-power but also to physical well-being. When you really get into a project, you may forget to take care of yourself. As a result, your writing stamina goes down and you start producing less. If you […]

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Panster Help: Moving Forward

        Well, it is a little more than half-way through NaNoWriMo. If you chose to not write from an outline, you may be running out of ideas or running into dead ends. How do you keep moving forward and adding to your word count? Two ways are through cause/effect and worst-case scenarios.         All the […]

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Strategies to Reach 50k: Linear/ Nonlinear Approaches

      Basically, you can write a story in two ways: you can write front to back (linear) or you can skip around (nonlinear). Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages.        The linear approach is probably what first comes to mind for a writing strategy since you read a book in a linear fashion. It […]

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