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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5 Ways to Free Your Writing

Dancers at the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Cinco de Mayo is (in part) a daythat celebrates freedom. As a writer, fight for freedom from cliches, stagnation, and writer block! Just as the Mexicans turned back an invading force, you can fight against these enemies of writers everywhere and […]

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Revision Step 1: Delete!

I’m doing some major revisions of a manuscript. I recommend beginning the revision process by looking for things to remove. Many times deleting content will improve clarity, voice, logic, and flow. As an added bonus, by deleting content in your first step of revision you won’t waste time polishing material you will only remove your […]

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Writing Through Fear

Okay, so I’m scared to write. I’m certain that whatever I write will be worthless. But it needs to be done and I can’t edit a blank page. Editing is my salvation. I can add or change things for the better once I have written those first words. And I like cutting words, scenes, and […]

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Use Avoidance to Heighten Conflict

As I rewrite an early chapter, it would be convenient to have the main character prefer to avoid conflict. My first reaction was: no way I can do that. It will reduce my chances for conflict. But then I started thinking… The stakes in any given chapter or scene won’t let her avoid conflict. So […]

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