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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 66. Writer’s Block Busting, Part 2.

As a mystery writer, I love misdirection, because it sets me to investigating. Quick and unhelpful answers to writing questions are some of my favourite black boxes. The knee jerk answer we all get when we ask, “Why am I … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 62. Adventures Outside Comfort Zones

Endurance is one of the great challenges in our writing careers—holding on with tenacious minds to the idea that we can do this, even though we’re working on page 17 with 350 left to go. But, even more boldly, we’re also … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 61. The Pop-up Writing Space

We most likely have, each of us, a dedicated writing office space of one kind or another. Here, seated or standing at our own desk, we often feel primed to begin. It’s almost like having a head start on the work. I … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 56. Goals, Systems, Dreams, and a Writing Career

We’ve got to have great big goals to get us out of bed in the morning. But we need to set systems into place in order to move towards them, or goals may turn back into dreams. Most writers I … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 55. Twenty Minutes Outside the Writer’s Cave

Creating a daily platform to support a writing career connects us to the larger prospects of authorship, like the publication and marketing of our work. Here are three five- or ten-minute practices I’ve set in place, to hit daily. Morning … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 42. Looking to the Future

If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 40. On Creating Writing Time Within the Working Week

In designing our ideal writing lives, within our everyday lives, it’s well to tailor them to our own rhythms, but it’s also worth challenging our scheduling habits. Something that does not serve us has got to give, whether it’s TV … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 38. What if You Got Some Sleep, Fitzgerald?

The archetypical swan-pale writer taps out chapters through the night, whiskey at hand, refusing food and slumber. It makes you wonder how much more Fitzgerald might have done if he’d put a little bit of that creative genius into living … Continue reading

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Writing Time, Part 33. Nailing the Narrative Structure

“I don’t want to spoil the party, so I’ll go.” –Lennon-McCartney Of the three top reasons for rejecting short fiction, the too-slow emergence of the central conflict is the one I note most often. It was certainly the reason editors … Continue reading

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