Tag Archives: process

Indirect Inspiration

Sometimes the muse is silent, the page is blank, and the fingers are still. This can be before the project is even developed, or part way through when searching for new elements, or later in drafting and revision. And, as … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: A Basic Outline

This is where an idea finally becomes a story. Even if you’re looking to be more spontaneous in your writing (which is one way to avoid some doubts, as well as increase your interest to see what happens), it helps … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: Trust vs. Development

As your story begins to take shape in your mind, as you finally ready yourself to take the leap into action, the next major question is how much development you need to do before you start writing.

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Developing Ideas: The Leap

A small step in the process I skipped earlier is important to mention. As you’re asking questions and considering options, your creativity may start running ahead and leading you along, and all you have to do is go after it. … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: Defining and Refining

In the last post in this series about developing ideas, I talked about getting the vague shape of the story in mind. It’s like a blurry picture of a story that you have to squint to see clearly. Sometimes it … Continue reading

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Developing Ideas: Shaping the Idea

[Disclaimer: This is round one of a series I intended to be “From Idea to Draft”… until I didn’t get to the draft. So it’s just about working to develop ideas–but if you notice some random allusion to the series … Continue reading

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The Story in the Idea

I wrote in my last post about different techniques for finding ideas, specifically ideas which speak to what you really love. Of course, your mileage may vary—and other techniques might work much better for you. Or you just might be … Continue reading

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Life

I’ve been wanting to write an update post, but I never know what to say. How I feel and what I’m working on at any given moment depends on what time of day it is. Mostly, I’ve been trying to … Continue reading

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