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Managing Your Writing Time

If you are like me, you are juggling a lot of ideas, written drafts, brainstorming, and other writing tasks. You may feel as though there isn’t enough time to deal with it all. It is easy to manage your tasks

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Creating Believable Characters

Characters can be fun to create. You want your heroes to be heroic and your villains to be villainous. Right? Of course. In the real world, though, no one is all good or all bad. Humans are a mixture of

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Affectation

Look up the word Affectation in the dictionary. You will find it is “behavior, speech, or writing that is artificial and designed to impress.” In other words, it doesn’t sound a like a real person. That’s fine if you want

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Writing Trackers

Last week, I talked about having a writing schedule. I gave some benefits to having one. This week, I’m going to talk about another benefit of having such a schedule is that it helps you to track your projects. It’s

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Looping

Looping is a variation on free writing. You sit down and write for at least ten minutes. Write without thinking. Don’t edit as you go. Write as fast as you can. That’s all you do for free writing. Looping takes

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Brainstorming Tools: The Journal

If you are like me, you keep a journal. Most writers do. I use mine for a lot of things. It records my thoughts. It lets me write drafts of stories, notes on various aspects of stories and characters. It’s

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Planning A Fiction Series

Sometimes the story you want to tell is too big for a single book to cover. That’s when you need to create a series. To plan a series, you need to plan each book in advance. You can do this

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Planning Your Story

Whether you outline or not, you need to do some planning when you write a story. It’s a good idea. Plotters have their stories mapped out on paper. Pantsers have their story maps in their heads. But they all need

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Making And Meeting Self-imposed Deadlines

Deadlines are a scourge. That’s how most of us view them. They are necessary evils that keep us on track. That’s the better way to view them. I advocate setting a deadline for yourself. I do that and I find

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Overcoming Word Bloat

Word bloat is just what it says. It’s when a writer has used too many word24s to describe something. You don’t have to describer every single detail. A broad description is good enough. Too many details can be boring and

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