Do You Write Because You Love It?

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As writers or artists (or really just people), there are a lot of times we feel validated. There are also a lot of times we feel rejected and criticized. One of my plays, THE SPINS, is about to open at Continue reading Do You Write Because You Love It?

5 Reasons to Keep Writing When You Think You Want to Stop

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As we reach the end of November, those of us who are participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) scramble to get our 50,000 words written. Whether you are participating in NaNoWriMo or not, being a writer can sometimes get discouraging. Continue reading 5 Reasons to Keep Writing When You Think You Want to Stop

7 Ways to Win NaNoWriMo

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So even though the timing is kind of weird, and I’m already in the middle of another novel, I have decided (at the last minute) to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) anyway. Originally I was going to participate Continue reading 7 Ways to Win NaNoWriMo

6 Ways to Deal with all of the Waiting Involved in Publishing

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You just wrote a novel. Yay! Now if you want to get traditionally published, you have to get a literary agent. This can be a very lengthy process, especially if you query agents in batches (which is the best way Continue reading 6 Ways to Deal with all of the Waiting Involved in Publishing

5 Things to Do to Prepare for National Novel Writing Month

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Happy October! Or for many of us writers, happy month before NaNoWriMo! NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, which takes place every November and invites writers to challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in one month. It’s a Continue reading 5 Things to Do to Prepare for National Novel Writing Month

What To Do When You Get Stuck With Your Writing

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Sometimes you just don’t know what is supposed to happen next. This happens a lot to “pantsers” (writers who don’t do much outlining or planning), but it can also happen to writers who make outlines. Or maybe you’re in the Continue reading What To Do When You Get Stuck With Your Writing

There is No “One Size Fits All” Writing Advice

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You might think it’s a little weird for someone who spends a lot of their non-writing time giving writing advice to essentially say, “sometimes you should forget about my advice.” But sometimes, you really should forget about my advice. All writing advice Continue reading There is No “One Size Fits All” Writing Advice

Write What You Want to Write

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So many writers spend too much time thinking about publishing trends. Maybe you see the success of books like THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT so you think, “I should really try writing a YA dystopian novel!” Or maybe you’ve seen Continue reading Write What You Want to Write

7 Ways to Come Up With Great Character Names

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So you’re planning out the next great American novel, and you realize you have no idea what to name half of your characters. Don’t panic! Try one of these methods: 1. Borrow from Another Source It’s true that you probably Continue reading 7 Ways to Come Up With Great Character Names