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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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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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Stuck? Write a blurb.

Ever feel like you are stuck in the never-ending middle of your novel?  Feel like you’ve been following a plot idea that has become a dead-end?  I am trying to head toward the exciting conclusion, the third act of my … Continue reading

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Simple ideas to help you write a novel

I have a wonderful idea for a novel.   I often talk about it, do internet surfing about it, or wonder what pen name I should use, but actual butt-in-seat writing on a daily basis still eludes me.   If … Continue reading

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