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Brainstorming, Choosing a Story, Ideas, Planning Your Novel

Brainstorming Ideas For Your Story (Part One)

Now you know your genre, but you still have to figure out the story. You can't just throw in a dragon or some magic and expect to call it a fantasy without having a plot, character, and setting. Your story needs meaning, or it's nothing but crap thrown on a page. I know because I… Continue reading Brainstorming Ideas For Your Story (Part One)

Choosing a Story, Genre, Planning Your Novel

How To Choose Your Story’s Genre

Now you're ready to write. But what are you going to write? You need to know the type of story you're going to write before putting words to paper. You want to fit solidly within a genre, so your readers come back for more. But this doesn't mean you can't include elements of other genres… Continue reading How To Choose Your Story’s Genre

Procrastination, Productivity, Time Management, Writing Life

10 Great Ways To Beat Procrastination And Get Writing

One of the biggest problems in finishing my  book has been "procrastination." I know many of you out there have been facing the same issue, but there are ways of beating it. Over the years I've compiled a list of the top ten ways to get our butts in the seat and bust out some… Continue reading 10 Great Ways To Beat Procrastination And Get Writing

Productivity, Time Management, Writing Life

6 Steps To Setting Writing Goals That Work

Even if you have the motivation to write and have developed a personal writing process, you still face the dilemma of finishing what you start. If you're anything like me, you start a project all excited. You get off to a great start, but then you're distracted by something else going on in your life… Continue reading 6 Steps To Setting Writing Goals That Work

Planning Your Novel, Productivity, Time Management, Writing Life, Writing Process

How To Determine Your Individual Writing Process

Everywhere you turn it seems writers are saying, "This writing process worked for me, so it'll work for you too." So, you try their process, and it doesn't work. Then you're left wondering what you did wrong. It worked for them, so it should've worked for you too. Right? Wrong. Everybody's minds process things differently.… Continue reading How To Determine Your Individual Writing Process

Productivity, Time Management, Writing Life

4 Steps to Increase Your Writing Productivity

One of the problems a writer faces on a daily basis is distractions. Something always seems to get in the way of our writing—appointments, chores, family, phone calls, visitors, etc. There’s just no getting around it. We just have to roll with the punches and write whenever we get the chance. But there are ways… Continue reading 4 Steps to Increase Your Writing Productivity