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Timed Writing Revisited

Another good tool in a writer’s tool box is a timer. Just set a timer for a set amount of time. It can be anywhere from fifteen minutes up to two hours. It’s completely up to the writer. Most use

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Word Count Goals–The Cons

Word count goals are wonderful tools, but it is a double edged one. There is a downside to setting a word count goal. The main danger is that the pressure to reach that goal gives the writer ulcers or panic

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Word Count Goals–The Pros

I write every day or try to. I keep a journal. In my opinion, keeping a journal is something every writer should do. That and setting a word count goal for a daily practice of writing. I use the journal

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Plotting with a timeline

One of the most underused tools in a writer’s toolbox is the time line. This can be a very elaborate creation or just a simple list of scenes and dates. It can be a detailed as chronicling events hour to

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Planning

Whatever your project, you need to plan for it. Think of it as planning a trip. To do that, you will need to know what your ultimate goal is. That’s the tagline. For this blog, the tagline is to plan

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When the Words don’t Flow

This is not an insurmountable problem. So great sentences aren’t forming. Make lousy ones. Pull the words out. Or push them out, if that’s how you visualize your writing process. If what you are writing is not coming easily, sit

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Conflict

Conflict drives a good story. You can’t really tell a good tale without some kind of conflict in it. It doesn’t have to be a violent conflict. You can write a short story about two people trying to live their

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Keeping A Journal

One of the best ways to practice the craft of writing is to maintain a journal. It’s a good way to develop the habit of writing on a daily basis, which you should do if you want to be a

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How many characters does a story need?

The answer is — it depends. It depends on the story itself. What are you trying to do. Are you writing a novel? Or a short story? In a short story, you can get by with a single character. Someone

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Brainstorming

A brainstorm session is a good tool to generate ideas to write about. It can also be used to solve problems. In the case of fiction writers, it can also be used to generate problems for characters to get into.

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