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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 28. Notebooks and Novelists

Novelists carry notebooks. It’s a symbol of the job, like a 1940’s journalist’s fedora. So, it’s lucky that we love stationery. We get to spend lots of time trying new notebooks for size and paper quality and how they fit in … Continue reading

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Writing Time Part 25. Ten Minutes Times Three: Multiplying Progress

One way to fit a full-time writing career into a full-time life is by drafting 3,000 words a week. (See “Writing Time: Doing the Math.”)  There are few things finer than the feeling of getting somewhere. Taking ten minutes during a busy … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 10. More on Fitting a Full-Time Writing Career into A Full-time Life

Most of us can identify a few scattered periods each day in which we can outline for ten minutes. Scenes, character growth, settings take shape in this way so that rather than feeling that we’re getting nothing done on busy non-drafting days, we can instead … Continue reading

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Revising with Terry Brooks in Mind

“Outline, outline, outline.” – Terry Brooks It’s an easy quote to remember. Luckily. Because it’s one of the most vital bits of advice I’ve ever received at a writing conference. Not me personally, you understand. The room was packed. I have … Continue reading

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