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How Not Writing Can Help You Achieve Your Writing Goals

Fifteen years ago, I made a commitment to pursue my dream of becoming a published author. This commitment was backed by a promise to write every day. The next morning, I woke before sunrise and got started. As the week progressed, I squeezed in time wherever I could. I lived …

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Achieve Your Writing Goals

There are times when writing is easy, when you get through that daily word count without too much effort. And there are times when the final goal – that moment when you can type The End – seems very far away. There will be days when you think it will …

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Word Count Goals Shouldn’t Be Your Only Goals

The sign for the Brown House of Learning on the TRU campus What kind of writing goals do you set? Word count, revised pages, finished drafts, submitted stories, queried agents? These are examples of goals driven by measurable performance. Research has shown that when “a person is committed to the goal, has the …

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Discover Your Characters’ Goals

Working out what your characters’ goals are will help you plan your plotline and develop engaging, motivated characters your readers will love to follow. Your characters need goals to get them to the next page, and then the next, and on until the end. They need to be going somewhere, …

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Happy New Goals

Photo by Flickr user Carol VanHook It’s that time of year again. The airwaves are full of ads for weight-loss programs; gyms are offering discounted annual memberships; and self-help books are flying off the shelves. Me? I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never really understood the …

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