Posts Tagged "writing tips"

Staying in the NaNo Groove

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Staying in the NaNo Groove

    I’m still flying high from participating in NaNoWriMo, and find myself working on the book almost every day since writing every day feels more like a habit now. To keep it going, I have to continue to:     Create a new deadline. My next goal is to have a decent draft for my critique group by March. That means I must organize my scenes, fill in holes, and decide on one of those endings! Make time for writing. To meet my new deadline, writing must continue to be a priority or it gets shoved to the “later” list which often means the “way...

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Friday Focus: Thinking Counts as Writing

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Writer Tips & Tools | 0 comments

One of the writers in my check in group commented on not making her goals last week and said she spend a good chunk of time thinking about her story and asked, tongue-in-cheek: “Doesn’t that count?” But we all know it does. In our productive, results-oriented society, the process of doing something often gets lost or isn’t valued because there’s no tangible evidence that it actually happened. But thinking through a scene, brainstorming a plot, having our character explore different emotions–all without putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard–is a...

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Friday Focus: Does Setting Your Own Deadlines Work?

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Writer Tips & Tools | 0 comments

Many writers say they work better on a deadline, whether it’s a contract deadline, an agent excited about their next book, or a contest. All of those are external forces pushing us to complete a project by a certain time. But what about setting our own deadlines. Are they as motivating? For me the answer is sometimes and sometimes not. Right now I’m trying to finish my Fact of Life #31 e-story to time it with the start of my GoodReads giveaway of autographed paperbacks on May 24. I’m highly motivated because I’ve said in the giveaway that the story is available. Of...

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3 Tips for Diving Back into Your Manuscript

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Writer Tips & Tools | 0 comments

When I’ve had a few days (or more) go by without working on my book, I sometimes have trouble getting back into it. I write about this topic a lot because I always get a lot of questions about it in my classes and also because it’s always good to remind myself when I need some help. Re-read the last thing you wrote. But only go back a page or two so you aren’t spending all of your time “catching up.” This usually jump starts me enough that I can start writing the next section. Or, even better, read the last page or two the night before you plan to write so...

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Friday Focus: Is Your Writing a Priority?

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Writer Tips & Tools | 0 comments

Making time to write. Protecting your time. Getting motivated. These are recurring themes for writers and recurring themes for me. If you are a long time reader of my blogs, you’ll know that this theme pops every so often in different forms. Why? Because talking about it, reminding myself, helps me re-invigorate my own writing. My guess is that you may need that nudge as often as I do. Today I’m focusing on where writing falls on my priority list. For the last 3-4 weeks, it’s been close to the bottom as preparation for classes, presentations, other speaking engagements, and...

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