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Recent Blog Posts

Why Do We Do What We Do?

  A recent blog by Andrea Merrill got me thinking about this. She raises the question of what is the true motivation for why I write. Am I an approval addict? Do I write looking for approval? I think this is more real than I’d like to admit. I think …

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The Habit of Professionalism, Part 2

Some more thoughts on the writing habit of professionalism. A professional writer seeks input and feedback from others. Continuing with our sports analogy, the professional athlete works with coaches and personal trainers to improve their skills. Pitchers will work with a pitching coaching or guru for weeks to develop a …

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The Habit of Professionalism

Another habit of effective writers is professionalism. In other words, take your writing seriously. If you don’t, who will? Are you one of those who keep saying you’re going to write a book? And years go by without a word appearing on paper or screen. It’s like the kid who …

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Writing Habits – Our Writing Place

Another habit to develop is identifying a favorite writing place, one that allows us to achieve the utmost productivity. And that can be anywhere. It is unique to each one of us. Many writers seem to enjoy writing at their neighborhood Starbucks. This doesn’t work for me. There are too …

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Self-Editing: Effective Writing Habit 2

The second habit a writer needs to develop is self-editing. Whether we traditionally publish, but especially if we self publish, we need to produce a manuscript as clean and professional as we possibly can. The first step to getting our foot in the door in either realm is to be …

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The Write Habits

If we’re going to be successful writers, we need to develop habits to bring us closer to that goal, however we define it. For some of us, it may be finishing the first draft of the novel we’ve been thinking about and fiddling with for years. For others, it’s seeing …

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The Who of Your Story World

In the previous two blogs on story world (The Where of Your Story and The When of Your Story) we discussed the where and when of our story world. The where and when of our story is information we need to know before we write, “It was a dark and …

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THE WHEN OF YOUR STORY

When your story takes place is as crucial as where your story takes place. The first blog in this series, Building Your Story World, talked about the where of our story. This week, let’s focus on the when of our story because when our story takes place will have serious …

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Building Your Story World

All right, you’re feeling ready to start your novel. You’ve got your characters. You’ve got your plot. Now comes the next big question. Where does your story take place? When does your story take place? These two questions are crucial for creating the settings in which and with which your …

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What’s Holding You Back?

Is something holding you back from pursuing your dreams? My dream is to be the best writer I can be. Yet there are days when that seems so far away, I want to give up. I’ve learned that when this happens, the major factor behind it is fear. Fear I …

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