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Controlling Your Writing

I approach my writing as a group of projects. I have several pieces in various states. I published one, finishing the tasks of writing there. I am revising a sequel to that novel, with another sequel in the rough draft

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Diagramming Sets

Stories take place somewhere. Many writers make a map of the terrain where their stories take place. I do too. It helps if you have an idea of the location where your stories take place. I go a step further

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Benefits of Outlines

Outlines are useful tools in the writer’s toolbox. Even if you write without one, you probably still have one in your head. Somewhere in the back of your mind, you know where you are going with your writing piece. That’s

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Take a Writing Day

If you have a daily writing routine, congratulations. However, sometimes routines can put you into a rut. So it’s good to shake up your writing routine by doing what I call a writing day. A writing day is a day

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Practicing Revision

I think daily revisions are important. I don’t mean revise as you write. That’s a delaying tactic and you will never finish a rough draft that way. I mean practicing. Yes, practice makes perfect is a cliché for a reason.

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Sentence Variation

Sentence sameness is boring. If you have all your sentences the same length and structure, you have boring prose, no matter how exciting the topic. Good prose has good sentence variation. Look over your current work and make sure that

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Paragraph variation

Paragraph variation is just as important as sentence variation. A long string of paragraphs with the same number of sentences or words makes for dull reading. Pick a page in the last book you enjoyed and examine it. You will

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