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5 Ways to Establish Your Writing Practice

5 Ways to Establish Your Writing Practice

September 18, 2017 5 min read 0 Comments

If you struggle to establish a writing practice, don’t despair. While writing will never be a completely painless process, there are ways to make it easier on yourself (not to mention more fun). First, though, some real talk: Most people who want to write never do. Or, at least, they never make writing enough of a habit to finish any of the big projects they have in mind, be it a novel, a memoir, or a chapbook of poems.

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Writing Habits to Jumpstart Your Creativity and Keep You Focused

Writing Habits to Jumpstart Your Creativity and Keep You Focused

August 22, 2017 6 min read 0 Comments

As humans, we’re all creatures of habit. But our habits are always doing one of two things: helping us or hurting us. The good news for writers is that we can leverage our tendency toward the habitual to aid us in the writing process. Good writing habits, when used correctly, can help us get into a regular rhythm that cultivates inspiration and keeps us focused during our writing time.
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What You Ought to Know About Crafting Great Scenes

What You Ought to Know About Crafting Great Scenes

August 22, 2017 13 min read 0 Comments

We often think of scenes as plot segments, or to use a theatrical term, motivational units. Yet consider two things. First, a scene can rarely stand alone and make sense by itself. But some jokes and some short stories, particularly flash fiction, are exceptions.
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How Simple Planning Will Keep Your Novel On Track

How Simple Planning Will Keep Your Novel On Track

August 17, 2017 6 min read 0 Comments

When most writers get an idea for a new story they want to dive in and get going. If you skip planning, your novel is likely to have bumps, detours, and dead ends. You are likely to spend hours of wasted time that you could save by planning first. Planning can help you avoid time consuming mistakes, rewrites, characters taking over and derailing the flow, and get you to the end quickly.  
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Research 101: Going to the Library in the Internet Age

Research 101: Going to the Library in the Internet Age

August 15, 2017 6 min read 0 Comments

“Let me Google that.” For someone who loves research, those are four of the saddest words in English. Somehow the belief has spread that any information you need—about anything—is available by simply typing into a search engine. Yet libraries still exist. Don’t be one of those people who ignores them.

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