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8 Ways to Maximize Your Writing Time

If you are like me, your writing time is both precious and never long enough. So here are some of my methods to make sure you are getting the most pages out of your limited time.

1) Stop reading email, Tweets, Facebook, Instagram, et al. Okay, maybe that’s a little drastic, but how about printing out this little rule and stick it on your computer screen: Writing first, all the rest second. To make is easier, turn off all your alerts and anything that might nudge you to go take a peek. Stay on target.

2) Do as much pre-writing Read more »

3 Writing Tips for NaNoWriMo

Are you off and dashing? NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month–which challenges a writer to draft a book in a month–begins today and as you start furiously writing your story, I have three tips for staying on track and keeping your story moving forward.

1) Prewrite. I know that sounds crazy, but prewriting before you sit down at the keyboard, with a pencil/pen and paper will often give you the sort of creative jump start that can lead to more words on a whole, quicker and more easily. By drafting the ideas you have, or just playing around with your story for … Read more »

Quick Tips for Creating a Brazen Heroine

As you are working towards getting your story idea fleshed out, you will want to get your heroine ready for some Brazen action. Here is a quick checklist for creating the Brazen heroine. Sit down with a notebook or your character sheet and consider the following:

1) Write down your definition of Brazen

2) Look for examples from real life or history

  • Determine society‚Äôs boundaries
  • Research how other women broke those rules

3) Create your Heroine by giving her:

  • An insurmountable goal or roadblocks
  • Compelling motivation
  • Skills and/or help
  • Experience to help her deal with the BrazenBoxSetworld she’s about to
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