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The Seven Stages of Writing pt. 2

The fourth stage of writing is plotting. Some writers make detailed plot outlines, others just dive in and write. The former are meticulous and the latter actually plot in their heads and go with that. The former have a firm

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You Can Fix a Lot in Revision

It’s true, you can fix a lot in revision. I am working on a case in point. I have a lot of work to do on the novel and I know that I need to fix several things before I

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Meal Planning

Meal planning is another good way to help you lose weight. You can combine it with calorie counting and plan for special events like holidays or birthdays. If you do it well, you will be able to combine meal planning

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Mind Maps

A mind map is a tool for solving problems. It can be as simple a blank piece of paper that you doodle on as you brainstorm ideas, or it can be a computer program like Microsoft’s Vision or Project. Prices

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Get the Words Down

Your first draft of anything is going to be garbage. Accept it and go on. Write the story or whatever you are writing. You can always fix it later. Don’t worry about getting the exact right word on the first

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Posted in Writing Fiction

The Blank Page

A fresh page can be scary. That is, it can be scary when you are a writer confronted with one. That’s ok. All you have to do to conquer it is to write something on it. Write anything, it can

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Writing with Scrivener

When I write my novels, I use a program called Scrivener, which allows me to arrange each scene as I want it in the fly or during a revision. (Yes, that’s happened). It’s an inexpensive program and can be found

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