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Problems versus Doubts (Or, How to Commit, Part Two)

As I make my list of doubts in the ‘purge file’ for my story, it is incredibly hard to resist analyzing them. Even working to dismiss the doubts is still engaging your brain in analyzing and thus legitimizing those doubts. … Continue reading

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Plotting Guides

Plotting is absolutely and unequivocally the hardest part of the process for me. Taking a jumbled mess of characters, settings, and half-imagined events and trying to organize them into something that resembles an actual story has always been difficult. But … Continue reading

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Don’t Think. Just Write.

Don’t think. Just write. This should be my motto. I want it to be–I want it to be the shape of my career. See, my dream for my career (at least starting out) is that I just crank out draft … Continue reading

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The Multiple Work Theory

Some writing advice dictates that you should never ‘save’ anything for future works, but instead leave it all on the table in your current work, as if it will be the only book you’ll ever write. There’s some merit in … Continue reading

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The Key to Being a Published Writer

I am hardly a published writer, so it may make me sound like a jerk to claim that I know the key to being one–but though I have yet to achieve it, I believe I have identified the ONE skill … Continue reading

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Disclaimer

I wrote in my first post that I have no credentials for giving writing advice other than having read lots of other writing advice, and I want to continue to make that clear. I haven’t posted very much, but I … Continue reading

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The Mirage of Perfection

Some say perfectionism drives us forward, gives us a goal, demands our best work. These people are probably not perfectionists. In my experience, the desire for perfection has been the single greatest problem I face in attempting to write anything … Continue reading

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