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Tag: writing tips

Economizing Prose

Say hello to today’s guest blogger, Kathy Otten who offers tips on cutting out extra baggage in our writing… In the same way a driver economizes their gas mileage by condensing trips and monitoring driving habits, as writers we need to do the same with the words we choose to put on paper. During that…

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Are You Overwriting?

Say hello to today’s guest blogger, Ann Everett who offers us advice on something that can often be an Achilles’ heel even for published writers… Overwriting: This is a mistake all new writers make. They over explain either through description or action. Heck, in first drafts, I still do it. Here are some examples: Gus pulled his gun belt tight…

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Planning Your Novel

Say hello to today’s guest blogger, Beth Barany who offers advice about planning our novels… Do you like plotting your story before you write it? I don’t! That is, I don’t like the sound of “plotting.” Sounds so boring and feels heavy. Like “plodding.” I’ve learned, though, through lots of trial and error that if…

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White Room Syndrome

    If you’ve ever taken one of my classes you’ll know that I’m not shy about telling you about my writing Achilles’ heel. I’m about to share it with the TWL community because I think letting others know about our weaknesses helps us all become better writers. My least favorite thing about writing (apart…

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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

  Tell a non-writer you’re an author and the first question out of their mouth is usually, where do you get your ideas? Sometimes it’s a puzzle for writers too. What happens when the story idea bank runs dry? When I began writing, one major issue I had was one too many story ideas. They’d…

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Keep On Writing

  I’ve been sorting through some of my old files and I came across this short article I wrote for, well, I can’t remember because it’s been that long. Best thing is it’s still relevant and fits in with the summer writing challenge so here it is… Raise your hand if you’ve begun writing a book. Now…

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