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Why Writing is Hard, and Why We Should Appreciate It

At the clinic where I work, one of the things we teach students of all ages and levels, adults and university students included, is how to write effectively. At tonight’s in-house professional development workshop for our teachers, the presenters opened … Continue reading

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Three Important Steps To The Writing Process

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I visited a rather unique place last weekend. It’s a temporary exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, and seeing as my family and I 1. Love Star Wars, and 2. mostly haven’t been to the…

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Making the Jump from Book One to Book Two

Writing the first book was anything but a streamlined process. To recap, Lessons I Learned with My First Book. Writing the first book was a lot like this Writing the second book was more like this Notes Horse videos were … Continue reading

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In Revolt: Handling Writer’s Burnout

I’m not talking about a lost muse. It’s not writer’s block. It’s writer’s burnout. And it’s fear. You destroyed your body with the last novel, after all. You may want to run headlong into your next project: You dive for … Continue reading

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Lessons I Learned with My First Book

Finishing a first book is like ramming an icebreaker ship through unforgiving ice. Or making a path through three feet of snow. Or knowing the direction to travel through the woods but spending most of the hike looking for the … Continue reading

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Surprising Things I Learned the Year I Won NaNoWriMo

My books develop over time. That’s not to say I don’t practise free-flow writing. In fact, I collect free-flow scenes and chapters, the ones that are written in the moment, raw and uncensored, or where the characters wrestle for the … Continue reading

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Pantsing and Planning Can Be a Sliding Scale

Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 12 In novel writing, I’m not a meticulous planner at the outset; rather, a concept drafter. Once I know where the story is going and how it ends–like connecting two points, the problem (A) … Continue reading

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How I Use Writing Books

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? by S.E. Jones As mentioned previously, I do quite badly with planning anything. If I know how a story ends, it’s not something I can bring myself to write. I’m bored –…

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Creative Writing: Don’t Say “Edit” When You Mean “Censor”

Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 9 As a writer who frequently reads about the process of writing, I often hear: don’t edit during your initial draft. This well-intentioned advice comes in forms such as “Turn off your inner editor,” … Continue reading

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Annoying Things My Book Does to Me

Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 8 I try to sleep, and a scene comes into my head, which is not that unusual for a writer, except this scene comes ready-made in words, and that is unusual for me if … Continue reading

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