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Mind Maps

A mind map is a brainstorming tool based on free association. Write down a word, set a timer, then write down all the words you associate with that first word. You can go on from there, by changing your focus

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Word Choice

Word choice is important. As writers we write things. We build worlds, actions, and people using words as our building blocks. We build stories. To do that we need to use the right words. Words have meaning. They also have

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Prologues

A prologue is an introduction. It gives your readers information they might need in order to understand the action in a story. It’s an explanation for why the story events happen. It can also provide the reader with essential information

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A Word About Subplots

A subplot is “a subordinate plot in fiction or drama” according to Merriam-Webster. But what does that mean? Well, it’s a story told alongside the main story in a novel or drama. Think of it as the story of what

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Targets (Project And Session)

Targets are things you aim at. In shooting, you want to improve your accuracy. In writing, a target is a word count. You want x number of words by the end of your session. That said, there are two targets

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A Word About Taglines

Tag lines are short, usually one sentence statements about something. They are marketing tools, like slogans. For example, a tag line for my novel *Accidental Colony* would be something like this, “Stranded on an alien world. How will you survive?”

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Project Management

Project management is key to keeping control of your project. That’s important. Project management software is good for doing just that, managing your project. It’s a good tool. Most project management software is geared for corporate teams. It’s also pricey.

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