Let’s Talk About the Reader

Photo Source:     Every writer is a reader and every reader is a writer. Really. Not every writer writes stories or poems or magazine articles. Some write technical papers, reviews, emails, grocery lists, Facebook entries. Any kind of writing makes you a writer. A reader, though, is special.   A reader is the only […]

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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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Fight On!

English: abstract art 42x54in ,oil on canves-olej na plutnie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)   “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” ― E.E. Cummings     […]

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A Writer’s Perfectionistic Streak

I guess there is a bit of a perfectionist in every writer. After all, our words seldom (or never) come out right on the first try. The brilliant idea looks a bit lack-luster on the page. Perfectionism can be crippling. Some writers stare at a blank page, afraid they will let down their idea, their […]

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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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