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Do You Need to World Build

World building is the process of assembling a place for your fiction to happen. How much of it you need to do depends on what your plot requires. The world building needs of science fiction are different from those of

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A Few Words Of Advice

The first bit of advice people always give writers is “write what you know”. That’s still good advice, but there are other things you should do as well. The first is research. Research lets you know more about what you

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Meditation

Sometimes you need to sharpen your focus when you are writing. Meditation helps with that. It’s especially helpful if you are working through a troublesome scene. Meditation is easy. It has few rules that you need to adhere to. The

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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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Mystery Plotting Aids

If you write mysteries, you need to have a victim, a killer, and some red herring suspects. You also need witnesses. When I started writing cozy mysteries, I had a hard time until I came up with the idea of

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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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