5 Ways to Raise Your Word Count Rates

The point of these techniques is to get the words flowing faster and freer and temporarily shut down the inner critic that can slow your flow of words. Prompts. You can start with ones written by someone else but I recommend eventually making your own. When you write your own prompts, the topic is more […]

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Bringing Subplots Back to Life

Even though I have spent my whole month doing just that, I’m having trouble articulating the steps I used. I’m going to pull up Scrivener, look at my notes, and try to reverse the process by listing 5 of the strategies that I used. Plan, plan, plan (if you’re a plotster) the subplot’s progress so […]

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Use Writer’s Block: Developing Theme

Got writer’s block? Congratulations. You might  have discovered a theme for your book. After all, writer’s block highlights what is important to you and what stands in the way. The theme of your book is a unifying message. Theme can be tied to inner or outer conflict and its inevitable/best/worst resolution. Theme should be something […]

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Use Writer’s Block: Developing Inner Conflict

If your writing is being blocked by inner fear, congratulations. You have excellent fodder for developing your characters’ inner conflicts. After all, one form of inner conflict is a fear blocking a need. Good inner conflict should be something the reader can relate to — and the fears behind writer’s block are definitely that. Fear […]

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Writer’s Block or Burn-Out?

You stare at a blank screen. It happens to us all. But when should you power through and when should you take a break? Use the excuse of writer’s block and you risk slowing or halting your progress. Force yourself to write through burn-out and you prolong the pain. When you can’t write, how can […]

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When Willpower Becomes a Vice

For writers, willpower is a strength. Taking your writing seriously may mean forcing yourself to start writing even when you don’t feel like it. And eventually the words start to flow. But any advice can be taken too far. One of my goals as a writer is to shorten the time it takes me to […]

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An “Ideal” Writing State

While no one needs to reach an “ideal” mental state in order to write or write well, it always comes as a pleasant surprise to find that I have slipped into one. Ideal states of mind are one of the greatest pleasures of writing. But what IS an “ideal” state? Is it a degree of […]

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I Forgot How to Write

I can’t remember how to write. I just took off one day to volunteer at and attend a reader’s luncheon for my writing group and suddenly the words will not come. It is not writer’s block – even the knowledge of how to write is gone. But I look at my WIP and my list […]

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Writing Without Motivation or Inspiration

Today the writing does not flow. Do you ever just not feel like writing? But you have a commitment – to readers, to yourself, maybe you are even lucky enough to have a deadline. So you write. You might drag, your quality might suffer (or seem to), but you lay down one word at a […]

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