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Writing Begins With Forgiveness: Why One of the Most Common Pieces of Writing Advice Is Wrong

This post by Daniel José Older originally appeared on Seven Scribes on 9/9/15. Writing advice blogs say it. Your favorite writers say it. MFA programs say it. Write every single day. It’s one of the most common pieces of writing advice and it’s wildly off base. I get it: The idea is to stay on […]

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The Utility (and Trappings) of the Novel Outline

This post by Jamie Kornegay originally appeared on Writer’s Digest on 2/12/15. I’ve been selling books for more than fifteen years and learning to write novels even longer. Of all the author readings and Q&A sessions I’ve hosted (and attended), one of the most common questions among beginning writers, even curious readers, is this: Do […]

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How to Write a Book or Blog (The 6 Danger Stages You Need To Overcome)

This post by Ali Luke originally appeared on Write to Done on 7/24/14. You’ve probably had the experience of starting a novel or blog with great intentions… …only to find that, a few months later, you’ve barely made any progress. Maybe you started strong but lost momentum. Maybe you jumped ahead when you should’ve paused. […]

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How to Write a Novel: 7 Tips Everyone Can Use

This post by Jennifer McMahon originally appeared as a guest post on Writer’s Digest on 5/22/13. 1. Write the story you’d most want to read. Don’t write a story just because you think it might be a bestseller or that it would make Great Aunt Edna proud. Think about the books you love, the ones […]

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The Book That Wasn’t: 5 Fiction Writers Talk About their Novels in Drawers

This post by Chloe Benjamin originally appeared on The Millions on 7/28/14. “For every book I publish,” a writing teacher once told me, “there’s one book I don’t.” At the age of eighteen, armed with a truly bad novel and a rather absurd sense of optimism, this line did not exactly resonate. But as I […]

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Writing: "How Do You Do It?"

This post by Chuck Wendig originally appeared on his terribleminds site on 6/10/14. I go to conventions and conferences, that’s the question I get asked. Either: “How do you write?” Or – “How do I write?” The question can mean all kinds of things. How does one write day to day? Or how does one […]

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Michael Crichton’s Method for Plotting Out a Story

This post by Woelf Dietrich originally appeared on his Wo3lfMad site on 6/11/14. I’m generally a pantser. My words tend to zigzag behind my thoughts as they try to keep up. When I reach a plot point or scene where I’m unsure of the direction I stop and take a short walk, or I go […]

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