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Tag Archive: creative writing

Track your Writing to Success

track your writing with a wordcount spreadsheet
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Tools & Strategies

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Tools & StrategiesTrack your writing progress Are you a busy writer? Do you have multiple projects? Do you yearn in vain for that one method, app, or spreadsheet that will feed your need to manage your muse? Well, Jamie Raintree’s Writing & Revision Tracker is…

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How to Write a Novel in Three Days

How to write a novel fast

How to write a novel fast How to write a novel in three days sounds a wee bit preposterous, doesn’t it? But it can be done and is done by quite a few writers these days. The trick is in learning how to do the things you need to do in order to commit to…

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Writing to Music Helps Words Flow

How to write to music

How writing to music affects the writing process Writing to music is an effective writer’s tool. Many writers not only enjoy the rhythm of words but the beat of music. When the two are combined, those writers often find themselves in an altered state. So many embrace writing to music. The words come fast, the…

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NaNoWriMo Preparation – Ready to write?

Prep Tips for Nanowrimo
This entry is part 21 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 21 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNaNoWriMo Prep Tips NaNoWriMo preparationĀ is heavy on the mind of many writers right now. November 1st is a few days away, so now is a good time to take inventory and do some NaNoWriMo preparation to make sure you are ready for the upcoming intensive…

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Picture book ideas populate November

Picture book writing includes Picture book month and picture book idea month.
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea Month

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea MonthPicture book ideas – Competing with NaNoWriMo? Picture book ideas gain prominence in November at a time when many writers have their sights set on the big writing marathon known as NaNoWriMo. While the Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is a growing…

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Dealing with death, loss, and writing

Vincent van Gogh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

My mom died. There, I’ve said it. There’s no turning back. Today I want to talk to you about the entanglement grief brings to an already knotted writing life. Dealing with death is not an everyday topic here. When it comes to this blog, I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to inserting…

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Writing tension into a scene

Writing prompt to find tension in a scene
This entry is part 43 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 43 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Writing tension exercise Teasing tension out of a scene is a major task for a writer. Today’s visual writing prompt exercise involves a photograph of a happy family sitting at a picnic table. The object of the this week’s writing exercise is for…

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Books for writers top my summer reading list

Books for writers

Books for writers moved to the top of my summer TBR pile when I discovered several new books for writers on crafting nonfiction. Whether you write creative nonfiction, literary nonfiction, essays or the old plain Jane non-fiction, these books should provide you with solid information as well as plenty to think about. What about that…

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Books on writing for writers – Armchair BEA

The best books on writing stand the test of time.
This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Books on writing is one genre that we didn’t cover during this week’s Armchair BEA. When I think of books for writers I include books by writers about craft, books about writers, and books written by writers on writing. There isn’t…

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Writing from multiple points of view

This entry is part 42 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 42 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints A point of view creative writing exercise This week’s visual prompt is a great photograph to help you exercise that storyteller’s mind. Every scene has the potential for multiple stories and differing points of view. The trick in writing a multiple viewpoint hinges…

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Write a good short story, enter a great writing contest

Fiction writing contest – American style Once again The Saturday Evening PostĀ has issued a call for short stories (1,500 – 5,00 words) for their Great American Fiction Contest. The magazine writing contest entries are to be submitted through the online entry form by the July 1st, 2013 deadline. The winner’s story will be published in…

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Book characters that come to life

Memorable characters in books Boatloads of books on writing offer direction, information, and suggestions. Keep in mind that readers today definitely favor character-driven books so writers would do well to take note of their own favorite literary characters as well as those touted by the critics and the modern media. Creating characters who live on…

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Top ten goals for reading and writing

Setting goals for a new year Resolutions, goals, and promises are in the air, after all, it’s a new year. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? Now some people get super-excited to the point of hyperventilating about the prospect of even considering creating one goal, let alone ten. They get all aflutter about the…

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A simple moment of action unleashes a story

This entry is part 41 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 41 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Visual timed creative writing exercise Some people find photographs useful when it comes to doing timed writing exercises. Visual prompts are a great way to get those creative juices flowing. Finding something to write about is a matter of discovery. An action photo…

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Julia Cameron’s artist’s dates smash writer’s block

Artist Way’s author Julia Cameron prescribes Artist’s Dates We all know we have to show up at the keyboard if we want to get the work done but when is it okay to play? Do you ever have a passing thought that maybe “you need to work on your creativity?” We all know that creativity…

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