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Writing Time, Part 84. Revising That Beloved Older Manuscript, Practical Tips, Part 1

If you’re revising an older novel in the midst of present-day writing projects, the process of chunking it down can be a lifeline to a busy writer. Here’s one way to begin it. Chunk 1. Mull it Over. This is … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 83. Time Management for Writers, a Fractal Approach

I like to think of outlining as fractal, like a rocky coastline. The jagged water’s edge looks similar—not identical, just very like—if seen from space, an airplane, a tower, a rooftop, or from a crouching position at the water’s edge. Story … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 82. Designing Plans for a Writing Life

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. –Jim Rohn In every profession, success experts agree: set your course. If not, not … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 81. In the Mood for Writing

Self-discipline rarely goes amiss, but what if a writer examines a great writing mood and figures out how to encourage it? For example, planning not just a time for writing but planning the mood for it as well. Everybody is different, … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 80. 10 Minutes and 1 Strategy for Moving Along a Manuscript

For those of us attempting to fit our full-time writing careers into our full-time lives, one great two-step strategy may help. Ask What one action comes next? Chunk the next stage of work down, to the smallest possible size. Of … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 79. Setting Goals, Dreaming Lifestyles

Here’s a question for a writer: What does the ideal day, week, year in a writing career look like?  A friend of mine, a wise and lovely woman, filled to the gills with integrity, and inspiring to all, says Think … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 78. Taking a Stab at It

I’m always amazed when writing websites offer “How do I get started?” as a first question for beginning writers and novelists. I’m not even sure whether I believe in “beginning writers”. We’re emerging writers, certainly, but many of us began … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 77. Creating Something New

One of the great things about being a writer, and living an author’s life, is that we can be confident that we’re making a difference in the world. Each turning point, thrill, laugh, satisfying ending we write, is an act of … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 76. An Editor Dishes

We’re reading manuscripts at Pulp Literature Press, and what strikes me first is the talent that comes through our e-portals. But, like most small publishers, we accept very few manuscripts in the end. It’s hard, turning down good writers. Often … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 75. Towards Confidence in Narrative Structure

On a panel at the Creative Ink Festival, three of us are talking about our planning processes. The first describes himself as a “pantser”. He writes what comes next, and doesn’t worry about outlines. He knows thinks hard about his story … Continue reading

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