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Stop procrastinating with your writing

No matter what kind of writer you are—fiction or non-fiction—you’re probably guilty of procrastinating somewhere along the way. Frustrating, isn't it? Maybe you’ve started five novels and haven’t completed one. You’ve written rough drafts of essays and haven’t published any. You have brilliant ideas for magazine articles, but your drafts are hidden in the deep… Read More

5 reasons to follow a style guide

Do you follow a style guide? Do you know which one you should use? Lots of writers have questions about grammar and punctuation or, if you’re like me, sometimes you forget the rule for unusual situations you rarely see or use. Or you know the rule changed, but you need to make sure. Just a… Read More

Writing a novel during NaNoWriMo: What next?

Here’s what can happen if you’re writing a novel during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which is in progress right now.   Last year, I wrote almost 80,000 words and figured I had a great rough draft. But during my revisions, I was overwhelmed with the complexity. So many characters, themes, and subplots. I couldn’t see how… Read More

Basic plot structure for your novel

Writing a novel? If you're writing during National Novel Writing Month—NaNoWriMo—you’re probably too busy writing to read about plot structure, narrative structure, dramatic structure, storylines, or narrative arcs right now. So many terms. So little time. But listen up. Plot structure can mean the difference between 50,000 words worth of beautiful descriptions, action-packed scenes, and… Read More

Novel Writing Tips for NaNoWriMo 2016

If you’ve ever doubted you can write a novel in 30 days, rest assured. You can. I have. And so have many others. Granted, a few of the novels I’ve written during NaNoWriMo didn’t turn out quite the way I’d hoped. But each one is salvageable, and last year’s novel turned into something quite different… Read More