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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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The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Writing Multi-Pov Narrative

Photo by Sophie Masson We writers know that point of view often comes instinctively, with one or maybe two characters insisting on having their voices heard. But what if a whole gaggle of equally interesting characters are clamoring for your attention? Then you have no choice but to have a …

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Writing the Next Book

As a career writer with many books under my belt, one of the eternal struggles is letting go of the book that’s finished to move on to the one that isn’t. It’s a challenge every single time—going from working on a book that’s now been through untold numbers of drafts, …

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Writing Characters with Personality

Last week, I turned in my new book to my editor, and immediately answered the siren song of the next one—the so-called affair book, unsullied by the drudgery and frustration of actual writing. Sadly, the affair book is now my WIP, so it won’t be long before it sports the …

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Things I Forget to Remember While Writing a Novel: Mood

The other day, I couldn’t find my fine-mesh strainer to drain the acini de pepe that had just reached al dente perfection. Panicking, I grabbed my big-holed colander, and dumped those peppercorn-size pasta balls right in, hoping somehow they would unify and clump into one big pasta mass, thereby remaining in …

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A Snapshot of My Writing Process

Photo by Cameron Degelia. I have been writing professionally – as in, someone’s paid me for it – for the past twenty years. In the course of these years, I’ve developed my own writing routines, found my voice, and developed my process.  I’ve even gone so far as to coach …

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Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time in Summer 2019

This contest submissions season covers deadlines from June 1, 2019 through September 1, 2019. Summer is a slower time for any literary journal or contest associated with a university, but there are still opportunities between beach waves and new drafts. Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New …

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Are You Making Writing Harder Than it Needs to Be?

A common belief is that making art is hard. It requires suffering. “There’s nothing to writing,” the sportswriter Red Smith once said, “Just open a vein and bleed.” We have hundreds of models to reinforce this idea—the sufferings of Van Gogh, the tortured drunkenness of Faulkner, the suicides of Virginia …

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The Hack’s Guide to Writing a Synopsis

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. After three years, five different hairstyles, six pounds of weight loss, seven pounds of weight gain, a new home purchase, lots …

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Writing Advice for Fools

image by Gary Ging Happy April Fools’ Day! In honor of the holiday, I’ll be giving highly prescriptive, condescending writing advice that sets arbitrary limits, reinforces inflexible constraints, and just generally crushes your creative spirit. For fools, from a fool. *throws confetti, the most foolish of celebration tactics* Write what …

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