Killing Characters

I remember the first time I killed a character. I cried for a day and then resurrected him. I’ve since gotten better at killing them. One of my writer friends once said “I kill people for a living”. I don’t know if she was quoting someone else, but her words stuck with me. She meant […]

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Need for Enthusiasm in Writing

Whether you are writing for yourself or for an audience, I think one key to success is to write what you want to read. This means having enthusiasm, passion, and curiosity. When one of these feelings wanes, you can dig deep for another and stoke the fires. If you want to read your WIP, you […]

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Write Early

FIND MORE TIME TO WRITE Write Early by Alina Chase Note how many famous authors begin writing early in the morning. OK, maybe they don’t have stressful day jobs or hyperactive toddlers competing for their time and attention. But wait–if they’re free to set their own schedules, why aren’t more authors night owls? How often […]

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Triple Your Timeline

And now for another week with Alina Chase. This week she talks about making realistic deadlines. I, for one, have a bad tendency to set deadlines I wish I could meet instead of deadlines I am able to meet. Here’s what she has to say… ——————————————— STAY INSPIRED! Triple Your Timeline Before you beat yourself […]

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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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Remind Yourself You’re A Writer

Welcome back! And here’s… ————————————————- Remind Yourself You’re A Writer  by Alina Chase If I popped over to your house for an unexpected inspection, would I find any evidence that a writer lives there? Assume I’m not totally rude.  I’d call from the cell phone, give you at least 10 minutes to stack mail and […]

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Find More Time to Write: Practice Procrastination

A warm welcome to Writer Block’s first guest blogger! Alina Chase will be appearing with weekly tips and tricks from her WIP about time-management, motivation, and creativity for writers. FIND MORE TIME TO WRITE: Practice Procrastination by Alina Chase Must today’s to-do’s be done today? Before grocery shopping, check the freezer and the pantry (the […]

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The “Yes” Cliche

I was writing today and made this mistake. It brought my dialogue to a screeching halt. I had fallen victim to a clichéd “yes”. I was brainstorming alternatives when I realized that no one had ever warned me about the dangers of a clichéd “yes”. Here are some reasons to look out for it and some ways to […]

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Boost Your Creativity: Create Starters

I’d like to go back to the quotation by Lyn Hejinian that started this arc of blogs. I, for one, feel the double pull of conciseness and expansiveness. But they do not need to be at odds with one another. In fact, your personal balance of these two helps determine your style. When I started […]

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