More (Productive) Writing Time: Partitioning

By Alina Chase Partitioning both your time and thoughts will help you enjoy more productive writing time—and may help you find more of it. The benefits of partitioning time, focusing on one and only one task at a time, may be more obvious when you think about non-writing activities. Like texting while driving. Like shampooing […]

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A Year in Your Life: Looking Forward

I’m not much of one for big year-end goals. Instead, every time I reach one goal, I set a new one. But I understand why the start of a new year can mean turning over a new leaf.Your writing will improve, decline, or remain is stasis depending on the choices you make this year. Personal […]

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A Year in Your Life: Looking Back

(Photo Credit: Pinterest) How was your year? Looking back, there’s probably a lot that you did and maybe even more that you wish you did. Every year may be different, but every year is also the same. Your personal choices, your life-style choices, and your education choices in the past year all affected your writing. […]

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Break From the Herd

“I once complained to my father that I didn’t seem to be able to do things the same way other people did. Dad’s advice? “Margo, don’t be a sheep. People hate sheep. They eat sheep.” Margo Kaufman From The Portable Do It John-Roger and Peter McWilliams TIME-SAVING TACTICS Break From the Herd By Alina Chase […]

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Guidelines for Writing Subplots

I’m hammering out the broad shape of two big subplots in my new book. Sadly, I don’t believe that any book will help me with this. Subplots are unique to each story. But some elements are standard for subplots that span the length of most the book. Introduction. Characters may be set up in the […]

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Chase Scenes: the Physical Element

There is so much out there on the physical element of chase scenes. No discussion of chase scenes is complete without it – maybe because it is the most obvious defining element of this type of scene.   World: Remember that the chase scene takes place in the character’s point of view – with a […]

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Chase Scenes: the Mental Element

Oddly, there is very little out on the internet under “writing chase scenes” and “mental” or “emotional”. So I had to figure all this out the hard way… studying lots and lots of chase scenes. Hopefully this series of posts will make things a little easier for future learners.     The mental world is […]

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