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Scheduling Writing

As I work on my novel rewrite, I keep trying to find the writing schedule that works best for me.  To my mind, there are two main ways to fit working on a big writing project into your life: 1. Make time every day.  Get up early, stay up late, write during your lunch hour, […]

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The Value of (Groan) Structure

So, it was a weekend spent mostly away from the computer.  Two days spent celebrating my birthday with family and friends. And suddenly it is Monday morning again.  Besides numerous manuscripts to read for people and a bunch of unfinished assignments, there's the novel rewrite to get back to once again.  And despite the fact […]

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The Recalcitrant Character

Recalcitrant: re-cal-ci-trant -adjective 1. resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant; refractory 2. hard to deal with, manage, or operate This describes exactly one of the characters in my novel.  Actually he's very passive aggressive in the novel, but as I've been trying to get to know him better, he's been recalcitrant, unyielding in […]

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Organizing for Success

Please excuse the grandiose title.  I couldn't organize my way out of a paper bag.  My brain just doesn't think that way, does yours?  Because it is my experience that most of us creative types tend to be more towards the wafty, creative, big picture side than the down-to-earth groundedness I associate with being organized. […]

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