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Research

Even if you are writing fiction, you may find you need to do research. You wouldn’t want to have Fifth Avenue in Manhattan running north and south. Your readers would call you on it. It’s more accurate to say it

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Brainstorming

Brainstorming is the process we use to come up with ideas. We can then use those ideas to write about or to come up with the solutions to problems. You can do it in teams or solo. That’s what’s nice

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Why Complete Character Charts?

Character charts are lists of questions that a fiction author must answer. It’s a good way to get to know their characters. The charts are the best way for an author to get to know the character and what makes

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Timelines and Plots

Time lines are useful things. They can help you keep the timing of your story going. I’ve used them to plot the story in broad terms. This is something like saying this happens then this happens and so on. It

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Using A Project Control Document

Project Control It is important to keep your writing organized. I use a Word document to let me know what part of the project I have finished and what I still need to do. I have sections in the document.

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Word Choice

Have you ever read a book or story and wondered why the author chose the words they did? If you have, then the author failed. You popped out of the story because of questionable word choices. I once read a

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Total Immersion

What you are looking for in writing your scenes is the total immersion of your reader into the story. This is what the past few blogs have been leading up to. I designed them that way so I could use

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Wellness Journals

A wellness journal tracks a person’s wellbeing. That may be self-evident. But a wellness journal can be essential for your physical and mental health. It can help you change habits you have, losing those habits that keep you down. It

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Planning To Write

Give me something to write and the words pour out of me. I make up the topics for my blogs in advance. Then I schedule time to write them. That’s how I do it. I know there are pantsers out

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Where Do Your Ideas Come From?

Writers are always asked where their ideas come from. I’ve never been sure how to answer that. I suppose the most truthful answer is, “I have no idea.” I truly don’t. Some days I wake up with an idea in

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