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The 3 Phases of Writing A First Draft

Writing a novel is one of those activities that takes time. It’s something you’ll have to be willing to stick with for at least a year to a year and …

Creative Writing

This column will change your life: how to think about writing

What's the secret to writing well? As I've said previously here, an awful lot of people seem to think they know, yet their "rules for writers" are almost always (pardon the technical linguistics jargon) bullshit. For example, "Show, don't tell" is frequently bad advice. In the right context, the …

Creating A Creative Outline

Today I'd like to talk about outlining.<p><b>Outlining doesn't have to be mechanical.</b><p>From several discussions I've had about outlining with various writers …

Structuring a Novel Part 1: The Theme - Caleb and Linda Pirtle

<b>Structuring a Novel: The Theme Pages 1-10</b><p><b>Lesson 1</b><p>There is no right way or wrong way to write a novel. But, without structure, the story, which in the …

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Writing Faster: Breaking the 10,000-Word-Day Barrier and Composing a Rough Draft in 2 Weeks

About a year ago, I read Rachel Aaron’s 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love. It was basically what I already …

5 Successful Authors On How They Overcame Creative Blocks To Write Their First Book

Agonizing over every sentence, losing years of research, receiving rejection after rejection–writing a book isn’t always the divinely creative process it seems to be. Five authors share their struggle, and ultimate success, in completing their first books.<p>The best books seem to have an …

3 Years of Self-Publishing, 2 Years of Writing Full Time, and Lessons from 2013

It’s the beginning of a new year and I just had my three-year self-publishing anniversary, so it seems like the appropriate time for a …

One Fictitious Moment Video: Writing a Great Villain

By Angela Misri­, author of Jewel of the Thames<p>Who are your favourite fictional villains? I’ll bet that they share some common traits and I’ll …

Come Up With a Killer Story Concept-Before You Start Writing

Readers only ever see the words of the novel. They have no insight into the planning process, how the story concept came about, or the number of …

Wheel of emotions poster for writers

Related Articles<p>A while ago I shared one of these on Twitter and recommending printing it out and putting it near the desk; somebody asked “do you …