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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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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The Dark Side: Fight Your Negative Emotions (Atala)

The Atala is located in the hips. It controls fear and lust. Fear and Lust: want to gain or avoid something. Instinctive. Fear is distress caused by a threat (or perceived threat). Lust – and I’m emphasizing the nonsexual sense because we are talking about your writing potential – is a craving for something. Both […]

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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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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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In Sickness and In Health

So sorry for not posting yesterday. I had a nasty bug and barely made my word count. It bothers me a bit when I’m sick and people say, “I hope you get better,” as though not getting better is a real option. It seems a morbid reassurance. How much better to wish someone “I hope […]

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April Fool’s – 10 Things “To Do” with Your Story

Some WONDERFUL ideas for your book. (some exceptions apply) Don’t know what to write? Just cut and paste from your favorite book. Bored with your main character? Change his name half-way through the book. Hate your bad guy’s guts? Kill him off in the second scene. Word count too short? Add random scenes to flesh […]

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