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Reading for Writing

Reading for Writing

I’m sure that all writers at some point or other have heard the saying “Reading for writing” or another form of it. This thought is pretty widely accepted, but does everyone understand why it’s important? One fascinating thing about the many genres is that they are all written differently, and the readers have different expectations for each. For instance, if you were reading a romance story, you probably wouldn’t anticipate car chases and shootouts in it. And you wouldn’t expect…

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Celebration!

Celebration!

How do you celebrate? That’s an odd question, isn’t it? This is a blog about writing, and I’m talking about celebration. Okay, maybe it’s not that far-fetched of an idea. People are always saying to reward yourself or treat yourself. And I agree…to an extent. If you hit a milestone, saying writing 50,000 words, for example, then you should celebrate that. It really is an achievement. Now, if you have a chronic illness, be it physical or mental, then just…

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Why am I Too Busy to Write?

Why am I Too Busy to Write?

We’ve all been there at some point. You have a certain schedule you want to stick to, a certain word count or time goal, but something comes along and messes it all up. Before you know it, you’re exhausted and you’re getting into bed without having written a single word. As you’re trying to go to sleep, you feel guilty because you didn’t write. Well, the reason you didn’t write is because it wasn’t as big a priority as the…

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When You Have Too Many Story Ideas

When You Have Too Many Story Ideas

What do you do when you have too many story ideas? That is a question I have searched several times online, and while there are many articles that have lists and tips on what to do, I have found that most of them involve some sort of vague decision making. I don’t know about you, but I went searching for answers to my problem, not more decisions to make on top of the one I had first. Now, I don’t…

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I Need Writing Process Help

I Need Writing Process Help

This post is going to be a little bit different. Instead of telling you about the techniques that I use and that have helped me most in writing, I am asking for your help with a writing problem I am facing. A big part of the writing process is finding that time of day you work best in, where everything clicks together. I know many people write best in the mornings. That’s the time of day when your brain is…

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3 Tips for Developing Your Characters More

3 Tips for Developing Your Characters More

You’ve done it. There is a character staring back at from through all the words you’ve written. After hours of writing and planning and thinking you have a character and they are…flat. I know, I know. You tried so hard to make them something great but they just aren’t all there. Something is missing. Don’t worry. We’ve all been there and we will all be there again at some point. It’s okay. Here are three tips that can help you…

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How Much Do I Need to Know About My Characters?

How Much Do I Need to Know About My Characters?

Many of you have probably seen those character sheets with the numerous questions about the different aspects of your characters. When you look at all those questions, you are probably wondering why you need to know all of that stuff about your character if none of it is even going to be mentioned in your story. I mean, why do you need to know the MBTI personality, or RPG alignment, or what your character’s favorite food is? It’s not going…

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The Writing Journey

The Writing Journey

Nearly every hero has an origin story of some kind. They always start from somewhere. Usually nowhere, but it’s still a start. Now, I know a lot of people don’t think that they’re heroes or even a sidekick, who also have origin stories. But, I am here to tell you that you do have an origin story. Level 0 In the first Kung Fu Panda, Po did so horribly in the training room that Master Shifu said he was at…

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I Don’t Want to Write. Do I have to?

I Don’t Want to Write. Do I have to?

Most places you look you will see people telling you to power through when you don’t feel like writing. Writer’s block? Keep writing. Low motivation? Keep writing. No inspiration? Keep writing. In general this is good advice. You need to keep writing when you don’t feel like it. If you keep putting writing aside because you don’t feel like writing, then you will never get around to actually writing. You can liken it to learning how to walk. Just because…

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Do I Have to Write Every Day?

Do I Have to Write Every Day?

Do you have to write every day? Can you write every day?  I know a lot of people would look at these two questions and answer “yes” to both. However, in my opinion (emphasis on opinion) the answer is “no” to the first and “only if you want to” on the second.  Let me explain why.  Athletes Need Rest Athletes have bodies honed to a near perfect physique for their sport. Even though they are trained to withstand a great…

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