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10 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is a figment of our imaginations. There is no shortage of ideas. The source of the writer’s creative frustrations is the same source of nearly every person’s perceived hindrance in all walks of life. It’s fear. Fear of failure, being rejected, being laughed at, heckled by peers or whatever. You have ideas, probably great ones. We all have ideas. It is only when we start comparing our ideas to those of Stephen King or Michael Crichton that we freeze up and second guess ourselves. But as with every other facet of life, there is a fine line to
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Knowing When It’s Time to Bring in an Editor

“Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.” —Patricia Fuller    Editing is something that we all do almost daily. From blog posts to a book chapter, a grocery list to an email, proofreading and revising is an important step. If you want the best results for your writing, you need to edit your work. No matter your industry or audience, typos are going to set you back a few paces, not to mention more egregious errors like inconsistencies in information or plot. Simply put, errors show that you’re not paying attention and that you
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Time for a Selfie! (A newbie’s guide to the Self-Edit)

I often use the analogy of movies when talking about writing novels because they do have a number of things in common. This is yet another, although here there is a marked difference. This is yet another one, although here there is a marked difference. Without a doubt this is possibly the most soul-destroying event any new writer will experience. When making a movie, the Director will film many takes that will not end up in the final version of the film. These could be because the actors made a mistake, burst out laughing in the middle of filming, or
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Writing Style Reminders

Trying to explain a style of writing is something like trying to nail jello to a tree. You can try all you want, but it’s just not going to work. Writing style is as different as there are writers in the world. Everyone has their own style of writing. A way or combining words into sentences and sentences into paragraphs that is uniquely their own. In the Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, they devote an entire section to style. Do they explain it as a set of rules? No. Not hardly. But, what they do is give
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10 Techniques to Spark the Writing

From Gotham Writers’ Workshop Inc. and from an article in The Guardian comes writing advice from the Poet Laureate of the UK, Andrew Motion.   10 Techniques to Spark the Writing   1. Decide when in the day (or night) it bests suits you to write, and organise your life accordingly. 2. Think with your senses as well as your brain. 3. Honour the miraculousness of the ordinary. 4. Lock different characters/elements in a room and tell them to get on. 5. Remember there is no such thing as nonsense. 6. Bear in mind Wilde’s dictum that “only mediocrities develop” – and challenge it. 7.
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Alien Methodology

A few days ago, I began working on a story idea of the alien invasion variety, because the premise made me laugh and I thought it would be fun. Besides, I have wanted to do a series of short stories to test the market and see what people were responding to these days. Well, the alien invasion story became more like an alien visitation. And then, I found that while it was entertaining in premise, there was no real conflict going on, and none of the characters had much to gain or lose. That’s the death knell for plotting. So
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