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Writing goes hand in hand with reading. While some of us write for our own pleasure, most write to be read. To do that well, you need to study your genre.  If you want to write mysteries, read mysteries. If

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Remove the Padding

And now a word about padding. That’s what I call adding words to make up a word count. It happens a lot. Sometimes it happens without you being aware of what you are doing. For example, in that first sentence,

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Writing and Exercise

Writing is a sedentary occupation. For good health, we need to move around. So how to balance writing and exercise. Good cardio workouts can take it out of you but your heart will thank you for the workout. Exercises is

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Finding Time To Write

Often, the biggest challenge to a writer is simply finding the time in a busy life to actually write. One of the first things you need to consider is how much time do you need or want to devote to

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Journaling to Practice Your Writing

Everyone has to practice. Professional athletes practice their sports. Musicians practice their instruments or singing. Actors rehearse, which is simply just another word for practice. Writers need to practice as well. There’s a reason the phrase “practice makes perfect” is

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Writing a Synopsis

One of the things you will need to do with your novel is generate a synopsis of it. A synopsis is a short summary of the plot of a work of fiction. You use a synopsis to tell someone what

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Physical Comfort and Writing

I don’t know about you, but I have a tough time writing when I’m not comfortable. I’m talking physical comfort here. I can sit and write, as long as I am comfortable. My writing suffers when I am uncomfortable. So

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