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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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Nano Prep – Planning for NaNoWriMo

Nano prep helps create a successful NaNoWriMo event.
This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNano Prep readies you for NaNoWriMo Nano prep definitely helps prepare writers for the approaching annual writing marathon known as NaNoWriMo. With hundreds of thousands of writers signed up for this year’s event, you can bet many are busy developing strategies and battle plans to…

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NaNoWriMo 2013 – Innoculate yourself against writer’s block

NaNoWriMo defeats the fear of writing.
This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNaNoWriMo 2013 – The best prescription for fear of writing NaNoWrimo 2013 is the single most effective cure for writer’s block. Hands down. Everything else is swept away except you and the keyboard. It’s all about the words, words that appear on computer screens and…

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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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Descriptive writing – scene exercise

Atlantic_City_Boardwalk_view_north_near_Tropicana_Casino
This entry is part 18 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 18 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Descriptive writing prompt Atlantic City’s boardwalk is a great place full of sensory detail that a writer can use to make the scene come alive. This week’s visual prompt will help you exercise that part of your writer’s mind that takes in all…

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Magazine writing contest seeks life lessons

Magazine writing contests feature themes like life's decisions

Real Simple magazine nonfiction essay writing contest One of the major writing contests that falls under the glossy magazine essay contest category is Real Simple’s annual writing contest that seeks essays full of inspiration and motivation. This is another major magazine that offers a huge prize package including potential publication. The cash prize is $3,000.00….

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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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Managing a blog – Armchair BEA

Managing a blog can be stressful.
This entry is part 9 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 9 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014How to manage a blog and keep a life Yes, well, when I figure that one out I’ll get back to you. This week is a prime example. Armchair BEA crept up on me and bust into my reality about a…

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How picture book writing helps writers – Armchair BEA

Picture book writing helps a writer learn the art of storytelling
This entry is part 8 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 8 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Picture book writing develops good writing skills Picture book writing offers the same valued skill set writers need whether they are writing in the short or long form.¬†Writing a children’s picture book helps writers learn and understand their craft. Because of…

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Writing ethics – Online and off – Armchair BEA

Keep your writing ethics true: Don't steal.
This entry is part 3 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 3 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Writing ethics for online writers and bloggers For writers, the path to ethical writing online is the same road a writer takes in the real world. Some things are constant, and in the writing world they haven’t changed much over the…

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Genre fiction or popular fiction – Armchair BEA

Genre fiction appeals to the popular culture and draws crowds of readers.
This entry is part 5 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 5 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Genre fiction populates most bookstore shelves, and the books are often referred to as commercial fiction as opposed to the more literary fiction. While many think the division between the two is firm, I’m not so sure. Let’s make the rounds:…

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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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Have you any banned books on your shelf today?

Banned Book Reading Challenge The annual Banned Books Week (Sept 22 – 28, 2013) reminds writers and readers of creeping literary censorship and offers surprises within the list of banned books. Classics such as Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, and even The Lord of the Rings regularly top the list. Does this mean you…

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Write mysteries? Must read mystery and crime novels

Try a mystery (crime) reading challenge If you are writing a mystery or a crime novel, you probably are–or should be–an avid mystery reader. Your growing to-be-read pile is groaning, your full bookshelf of unread mysteries is sagging. A reading challenge may be the very thing to jump-start that reading frenzy; and, as you know,…

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A roadmap of reading, writing, and resolutions

A writer’s blueprint for 2013 There is something about the turning of the year that uncoils energy, stirs the imagination, and ignites the passion to get things done. This year proves no different. I’ve been busy, busy, busy and my keyboard is humming from all the finger tapping. Resolutions? Well, maybe my version of them:…

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