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The Three Drafting Mindsets that Made it Happen

Unfortunately, for all my “revelations,” I can’t really point to any one thing, one trick, that made me able to finish a draft. I did come up with a shift in my perspective of the project—making it YA, for some … Continue reading

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A New World

Three weeks ago today, I was driving home to my parents’ house, realizing I was going to fail the One Month Challenge. Such a simple task, to stick with one story for one month, and I couldn’t do it. The … Continue reading

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A Short Break

In lieu of the drafting madness of the last week and a half (and in support of it), I have decided to take one week off from the blog. I will report back here on July 13th, unless anything interesting … Continue reading

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Drafting Mentalities

For the last week, all I’ve been doing is drafting—which is absolutely incredible. It also means all I have to blog about is drafting, so I apologize for the repetition. I’ll try to think of some alternative topics soon. But … Continue reading

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Tiny, Deliberate Mistakes

No matter how many times you hear it, it’s still tricky to get the whole “crappy first draft” thing through your head. I mean, deep into that space where the writing happens… For some reason, even knowing that you just … Continue reading

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One Month Challenge: Final Update

First, the bad news: I failed the One Month Challenge. Miserably. About a week ago, a doubt set in that I couldn’t shake, and it just spiraled out completely. So, for that, I really suck. BUT in a twist I … Continue reading

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Writing Crappy Plots: The Key to the First Draft

It’s common writer wisdom to write rough first drafts. Just get through it, no matter how bad. And at the level of the sentence, the paragraph, the words, it’s not that hard. I can accept that these sentences don’t have … Continue reading

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