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Auntie Doris's Road to Publication #1Playing for Ruddy Time

It has been almost painful watching my nephew Michael this week. If you ask me, he had got to rely on me that little bit too much. 649 more words

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Dreams vs. Goals: What if my Writing Goals Change? What if I Fail?

Yesterday, one of the things I mentioned is that you must write down your goals. Writing your goals—handwritten in a journal, typed on the computer, emailed to yourself as a list, however you want to do it—makes them real. 796 more words

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Dreams vs. Goals: Setting Goals to Achieve Our Writing Dreams

Yesterday, we looked at the idea that to achieve our dreams, we must give them marching orders—we must set goals. So let’s look at how to go about setting those goals to give us the best chances of success. 793 more words

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Be Your Own Casting Director: Isn't This All Just a Big Waste of Time?

Why bother finding visual templates for our characters? After all, we’re writing stories, not casting a movie.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I can’t write if I haven’t cast my characters—even my secondary (non-viewpoint) characters. 644 more words

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Writing Tip #10: YOU Are Your Best Source of Motivation

There are going to be days (weeks . . . months . . .) when we don’t feel like writing. We may sit in front of the computer for an hour and write six words—and then delete three of them. 2,156 more words

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Writing Tip #9: Write your passion—but keep an eye on the market.

There are two pieces of advice you’re bound to hear at just about every writing conference or group you’ll ever attend: First, write the book of your heart; second, if you want to sell, make sure you know the market and if the genre you’ve chosen to write is selling. 1,232 more words

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Writing Tip #8: It's Okay If What You Write Stinks

One of the main reasons so many would-be writers never get further than being would-be writers—people with bits and pieces of started, but never finished, manuscripts hidden in drawers or secret files on the computer—is because they’ve let something that all of us who write know paralyze them and keep them from moving forward with their writing. 1,310 more words

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