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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Panster Help: When Your Story Stalls

If you are doing NaNoWriMo, then about now things start to slide. The story stalls as you something doesn’t pan out, you hit a dead end, or a character doesn’t work out. These problems may be especially prevalent among pansters – people who write “by the seat of their pants” instead of by an outline. […]

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Strategies to reach 50k: Accountability

While internal motivation is by far the best motivator, a little accountability can go a long way. Accountability leads to other people encouraging, suggesting, and asking about your book Their interest and support (or skepticism) can be powerful prods to keep you writing. These people can be perfect strangers. I go out and work in […]

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