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An Exercise In Scenes

Last week, I talked about changing your writing habits. When I write, I sometimes come up with a character or a plot. Then I thought about changing it up. I decided to start by describing a setting. When I did

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Changing writing habits

Sometimes we fall into ruts when we are writing. It happens, for some people, it happens a lot. For a writer, we often find that if we fall into a rut the words dry up and we are blocked. If

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Troublesome Scenes

Sometimes when you are writing fiction, you run into scenes that just don’t work. My advice when that happens is to just write the scene and worry about it in the revision process. That is the best thing you can

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Writing Exercises

Another way to stimulate and grow your writing is to experiment. You can do that by searching the internet for writing prompts and exercises. Go to your favorite internet search engine and use the key words, writing exercise and pick

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Timed Writing Revisited

Another good tool in a writer’s tool box is a timer. Just set a timer for a set amount of time. It can be anywhere from fifteen minutes up to two hours. It’s completely up to the writer. Most use

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Word Count Goals–The Pros

I write every day or try to. I keep a journal. In my opinion, keeping a journal is something every writer should do. That and setting a word count goal for a daily practice of writing. I use the journal

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Plotting with a timeline

One of the most underused tools in a writer’s toolbox is the time line. This can be a very elaborate creation or just a simple list of scenes and dates. It can be a detailed as chronicling events hour to

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Planning

Whatever your project, you need to plan for it. Think of it as planning a trip. To do that, you will need to know what your ultimate goal is. That’s the tagline. For this blog, the tagline is to plan

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When the Words don’t Flow

This is not an insurmountable problem. So great sentences aren’t forming. Make lousy ones. Pull the words out. Or push them out, if that’s how you visualize your writing process. If what you are writing is not coming easily, sit

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Conflict

Conflict drives a good story. You can’t really tell a good tale without some kind of conflict in it. It doesn’t have to be a violent conflict. You can write a short story about two people trying to live their

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