Writing progress spreadsheet

Fall has begun, and that means that NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – is approaching fast! I have participated several times and have made the 50,000-word goal every time. There’s just something about this mix of competition and support from hal...

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How to keep track of your writing progress and why you should

Most authors I know keep track of their word count in some way. If you don’t already, here are some reasons why you might want to start. Seeing your word count grow is a wonderful motivator that will keep you going. Often, you don’t realize how far you hav...

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How and why to avoid autonomous body parts in your writing

You have probably all experienced it: you’re reading a book—maybe a romance or a mystery novel—and suddenly, you grind to a halt and wonder where all these zombies are coming from. I’m talking about sentences like these: Her eyes followed Kathryn aroun...

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Avoid filter words in your writing

If you’re anything like I am, you probably read a lot of books or blog posts about writing. One thing I rarely see mentioned anywhere are so-called filters, so I thought I’d blog about it today. Filters have to do with point of view. What is point of view?...

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How to set goals for your writing

Happy new year, everyone! The first few days of a new year are always exciting for me. Like most people, I use this time to make resolutions and set goals for the year ahead. Many writers I know set goals for 2015 too, and I think that’s important. Without g...

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Building habits without losing your marbles

The new year is quickly approaching and with it the time to make New Year’s resolutions. Most writers I know, myself included, set goals for the new year. Several want to get into the habit of writing every day or meet a certain word-count goal each day in 2...

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The best blogs for writers

If you’re a writer constantly trying to improve your writing skills, you probably subscribe to a few blogs about writing, publishing, and marketing your book. But time is limited, so you can’t read them all, and there are so many blogs on writing out there...

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15 great gifts for writers

Just two more weeks until Christmas! If you haven’t yet done all your Christmas shopping for the writers in your life—or you want to get something cool for yourself—here’s my list of neat gift ideas for writers. #1 Fingerless gloves My hands get cold w...

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How to improve your writing skills by listening to podcasts on writing

Do you want to improve your writing skills but don’t have enough time to read blogs or books on writing? I certainly know how you feel. Sometimes, it’s hard to find enough time to write, much less stay up to date on the ever-changing publishing industry, m...

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Recommended books on writing

In my office, an entire bookcase is dedicated to books on writing. While you can’t learn writing just by reading a book about it, there are books that can help you plot your novel, create believable characters, revise your manuscript, and improve your writin...

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