Category Archives: Janis Wildy on Writing

Tweak the way you think about writing a novel

I’m ready to get rolling on my writing projects again. But how to make this year different? I’ve got a few simple tips to get make your writing more productive and satisfying. The first way to tweak your thinking is to … Continue reading

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Embarking on fall writing with a planner

I love any reason to begin again, and the last best one of the year is the start of school.  I’ve walked past my writing space all summer looking wistfully in at the books, piles of clutter and the welcoming … Continue reading

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Are weekends bad for writers?

I exchanged some friendly conversation with the guy running the register at my grocery store and asked him if he was looking forward to the weekend.  He stuck the asparagus into my bag and paused to tell me, “People think I’m … Continue reading

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The very first page of your novel

Honestly, its been a battle this week between end-of-the-school year errands, writing the blog and the fun challenge of picking out eye-glasses frames from Warby Parker.  But I’ve still got to write my pages, and  to re-think the very first one. … Continue reading

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Bite into “Chocolat” for pleasure and plot

I take another, from a tray marked Peche au miel millefleurs. A slice of peach steeped in honey and eau-de-vie, a crystallized peach sliver on the chocolate lid.  From “Chocolat” by Joanne Harris.  Quote formatting from Bryton Taylor’s Food in Literature … Continue reading

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Make writing your novel easier with “Save the Cat”

You know that terrible moment when someone asks you what your book is about?  “Save the Cat” by Blake Snyder can help you answer that question successfully without seeing the person in front of you get the dreaded “eyes glazing … Continue reading

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Favorite gifts for writers part 2

Finding a gift for a writer should be fun!  There are almost too many ideas.  Here are a few things that writers can use to construct their novel or to be inspired. Ideas to inspire: There are oodles of gifts … Continue reading

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