What to do if you like the idea of writing daily but can’t seem to make it happen

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I always wanted to be the kind of person who keeps a journal. I’ve played with journaling online and writing in a notebook, but it never seems to stick.

When I read Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way, I took her suggestion to write “morning pages” to heart. For several…

Surprising ways to discover plot opportunities hiding in plain sight

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One of the most common complaints I hear from writers is, “I don’t know what should happen next.” Often when writers struggle with plots, it’s because we are overlooking hints and clues in our own work.

A plot is just a series of events and the order in which those…

Brighten up your poetry or prose with these fall items

Images of corn and gourds in baskets—all symbols of Fall.
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Many writers resist using symbols in their work. It might seem high-flown or poetic, but the reality is that symbolism can have a tremendous impact on your reader.

Symbols don’t have to feel forced; almost any setting can offer a wealth of opportunities for subtle symbols. Weather, for example, can…

Relationships and motivations are the keys to driving your plot forward

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It can be hard to imagine plot points when we haven’t taken the time to fully explore our characters. That’s because every scene in your story depends on conflict to move the action forward, and where does conflict lurk? In relationships.

All characters—even secondary characters—want something. They have an internal…

Before you tackle the National Novel Writing Month Challenge, consider these three questions

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November is National Novel Writing Month, and every year over 400,000 people sign up with the goal of writing 50,000 words before December 1. NaNoWriMo, as it’s called, is popular among published authors and writing enthusiasts alike. But did you know that only about ten percent of participants actually achieve…

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