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NaNo Prep: Is Your Story Idea Ready?

Wheeled luggage with text: Ready for NaNoWriMo?

To make NaNo work for us, we need to figure out our goals for the experience—and there’s no wrong answer. However, if our goal is to create a coherent story, we should try to understand story structure.

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October 4, 2018

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Do You Share Your Expertise?

Sheet of music composition with text: What's Your Expertise? Now Share It!

As a writer we can suffer from the impostor syndrome, feeling like a newbie many times over. But we all have expertise in something, and now’s your chance to help others and share what you know.

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October 2, 2018

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How to Save a Broken Story

Scattered pieces of a watch with text: How Can We Fix a Broken Story?

A truly broken story is one where the pieces of the story don’t come together in a coherent whole. But if we’re willing to put in the work, virtually any story can be saved. Then question then is: What steps should we take to fix a broken story?

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September 27, 2018

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Brainstorming Your Story? Proactively Avoid Issues

Foam head embedded with screws with text: Prevent Issues with a Brainstorming Check

After we finish brainstorming and start trying to assemble our ideas into a story, that’s the perfect point in our writing process to avoid major problems by questioning what story issues we might run into before we write too many words.

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September 20, 2018

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What Do You Want to Write But Haven’t Yet?

Dandelion seeds blowing away with text: Insights from the Story Seeds We *Don't* Write

We often have more ideas for stories than we actually write, and somehow, we choose and prioritize. Why might we not write a story idea that we’re passionate about—and is there anything we can do to overcome those reasons?

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September 13, 2018

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Can TV Shows Help Us Hook Our Readers?

Writers Helping Writers: Deepen Your Craft with Resident Writing Coach Jami Gold

It’s time for another post as a Resident Writing Coach over at Writers Helping Writers, and this time we’re talking about the lessons we can learn from TV writing that might help us with scene and chapter hooks.

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September 11, 2018

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What Does It Mean to Create Layered Characters?

Slice of onion with text: Revealing Layers of Our Characters

In the writing world, we’ve probably heard the advice to create layers in our stories and characters. But the word layers can refer to many different aspects of writing, so let’s take a deeper look at one aspect of layering: character layers.

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September 4, 2018

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