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I’m Doing It Wrong–and Don’t Care

Pixabay on I’m doing it wrong. I don’t care — because I’m doing it. This is the part of writing that I have always despised, the time when you sit down with your sweaty, irrational mess of draft. In school, I resolved this unbearable tension by world-class procrastination. The best papers, stories, assignments that I turned in were… Continue reading I’m Doing It Wrong–and Don’t Care

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World Building for Readers

Photo from pixabay via Writers are exhorted to build strong worlds for their stories: Create an amazing environment. Ensure that the rules of the world are consistent and integrated. Engage the readers with strange, unusual, preposterous or pedestrian details that support the plot and the challenges characters face. Gurus instruct, guide, implore, demonstrate how… Continue reading World Building for Readers

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NaNoWriMo is Easy — Except When It’s Hard

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins today. Hundreds of thousands of us around the world have committed ourselves to writing 50,000 word novels by the end of November 30. No big deal, right? How hard can it be to blither words onto the page? It depends. NaNoWriMo is more about resistance to writing a novel… Continue reading NaNoWriMo is Easy — Except When It’s Hard

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Ways to Thrive During NaNoWriMo: Bolstering Word Count

Here’s where it starts: you commit to writing a 50,000 word novel in November. You may share this decision with family, friends, anyone who will listen. Foolhardy types make vows for specific results every day or week — to keep moving forward (crazy ones send words out into the world for yet more accountability). Some stay quiet… Continue reading Ways to Thrive During NaNoWriMo: Bolstering Word Count