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Daydreams as a tool

My writing process involves playing scenes in my head as daydreams. I use daydreaming to play out possible scenarios in my head to try to work out the most likely outcomes. It’s like running a simulation only the simulation is

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Freeing Your Thoughts

If you have a problem to think through, you should spend some time gathering your thoughts. It can be beneficial. Usually, I need someplace quiet, although sometimes it helps if I have music or something. There is no right place

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Dreams

I don’t remember my dreams as a rule. I keep my tablet handy in case I do wake up and remember a dream. It’s good to write them down as sometimes they can lead somewhere in fictions. Dreams are process

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Research Journals

If you are working on a long-term project and need to do research on it, it’s a good idea to have a research journal. That’s a journal where you record where you searched, what you looked for, and what you

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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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Flow charts and writing

I use a flow chart to plot my stories. I start with the beginning and give my characters a series of decisions. Then I try to figure out how many different results could come from each decision. The ones that

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Computer Backups and Why They Are Important

My computer wouldn’t wake up this morning. I let it hibernate and it wouldn’t wake up. That happens more often than you would think. This morning, I simply shut the computer off and restarted it – it failed to come

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