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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Writing Fears: Chances to Be Better Writer

Fear of failure can become a powerful tool if used correctly. Motivation, character insights, and growth as a writer… all can come from examining and facing your fears. Wait, what?          Fears of failure, fears you aren’t good enough, and fears you will fall behind your friends. All these have implicit goals in them. And […]

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Pantster Help: Moving Forward Without Plot

Some people prefer not to plot or can’t plot without loosing the drive to write. In writing lingo, this person is called a “panster” while people who prefer to plot are called “plotters”. Because they have at best has only a vague idea of where the story will go, pansters face some unique challenges. The […]

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Strategies to Reach 50k: Concept

Your story concept can emphasize characters , plot, or theme. Of the three, characters and plot are by far the most common. And to keep our story going, you need to develop plot and/or character obstacles, complexities, and backstory. An obstacle hinders your plot or character (not that the two should truly be separated but […]

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