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How to Proofread Your Own Work

Learning how to proofread is just as essential for writers as learning how to structure a story or write dialogue. Here are some ideas on how to self-check your own work.

Secret Ways to Keep Moving and Keep Writing During the Day

Here’s a confession. I know all about the dangers of sitting and stillness and the imperative need for constant, consistent...

Learning to Write, Learning to Run: An Expedition into the Self

Almost a decade ago, I bought my first pair of proper running shoes with the intention to start running and...

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How to Write a Mystery Novel: A Five Act Structure

Ever wondered how to write a mystery novel? With rare exception, all mystery stories have a five act structure based on the classic theory of mythic narrative structure, the Hero's Journey. Writing a mystery means understanding this narrative formula and designing your plot around its structure.

Writing in a Dynamic Workspace

Yeah, yeah, we know. Move around during the day and don’t stay still in a single position for too long...

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Why the Pantsing vs. Plotting Writing Process Debate is Irrelevant

Spend any time talking with writers about their writing process and you’ll likely encounter the debate of pantsing vs plotting. Pantsing refers to sitting down to your story and just writing it down as it comes to you with no or few pre-made ideas of where the plot is headed or what it’s doing along the way. The plotting writing process is all about outlining a story or outlining a novel before you start the actual writing. It actually doesn’t matter a single bit which writing process you decide to use. Here’s why…..

Writing Sprints and Thinking Marathons: A New Approach to Progress and Productivity

In a creative field like writing, what defines productivity and progress? Is it how many words you’ve written that day?...

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How to Write a Fun and Messy First Draft (and why you should)

Writing a first draft is often the most fun and exciting part of the writing process. It can also be the most terrifying. Pre-outline, pre-write if you like, or just take your idea and wing it. Whatever your method, to get the first draft written, you just have to write it. Give yourself permission to make a mess and have fun. Here's that permission formalised.

Have You Ever Considered Working With A Writing Buddy?

Exercise buddies are not a novel concept. Exercise buddies are training partners, someone you enjoy spending time with and enjoy...

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How to Edit a Short Story

You’ve written your fun and messy first draft. It’s now time to cut it to pieces and make it into something excellent. Welcome to editing a short story. So, how does one edit a short story? There are as many ways to edit a short story as there are ways to write a short story. Lots. Here’s my general process outline of how I edit a short story once I’ve got the first draft written.

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Using Setting As Character in Fiction

I’m currently working on a project where I’m attempting to develop the setting as a character. I’ve always enjoyed stories in which the physical location plays an integral role in the narrative; stories that imbue a place with such significance and influence that the place starts to take on a personality of its own.

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