CRAFTING A BELIEVABLE ROMANCE: FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR OWN CHARACTER

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

CREATING A BELIEVABLE ROMANCE: FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR OWN CHARACTER

Hello, everyone! Happy to be back with you this week; last week I had a nasty bout of the flu that left me extremely exhausted and out of it, and I would much rather be enjoying time to work on this blog. So, without further ado, let’s begin!

This week is all about love. Gushy, mooshy love. But perhaps not the kind you’d think—this week, we’re going to embrace the slightly narcissistic side of ourselves, and fall in love with our own creation. How and why?

Let’s find out.

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HOW TO WRITE OFTEN AND NOT BURN OUT

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

HOW TO WRITE OFTEN AND NOT BURN OUT

This week’s post is especially aimed at goal-oriented writers, whether professional or amateur. We’re going to be talking about changing the way we think about how and how much we write in a day. Ready? Let’s dive right in.

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THE ONE SIMPLE WORD TO KEEP YOUR READERS ENGAGED

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

THE ONE SIMPLE WORD TO KEEP YOUR READERS ENGAGED

What keeps you reading a good book? Is it that the book has really good conflict? Great plot? Compelling characters? All of the above?

When a book has all of these elements in just the right doses, it is a masterpiece that we come to know, love, and carry with us wherever we go.

How to sum all this up in a word:

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DEALING WITH CRITICISM AND HOW TO GIVE IT

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

DEALING WITH CRITICISM AND HOW TO GIVE ITDEALING WITH CRITICISM AND HOW TO GIVE IT

One of the best parts of the writing process is having someone tell you they honestly enjoyed your work; it is gratifying, satisfying, and feels pretty darn amazing. On the other hand, one of the worst things is showing your work to someone and receiving tiny knife after tiny knife of criticism—how this could be better, or that was confusing, or this area just plain sucked. And it hurts! No one likes to be stabbed!

But no one should like likes receiving words like, “I liked it; this is good,” all the time, either. No one can grow if they already think they are the best. If there is no room to improve, then obviously you should be published now, right?? Haha, wrong. But don’t worry! I’m going to help you through this.

But if there is one thing to take away from this week’s post, it is this: it is equally important to be graceful in both how one receives and how one gives criticism, and this week, I’m going to show you how you can become better at both.

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THE ARTS OF DISCIPLINE, PATIENCE, AND POSITIVITY

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

The Arts of Discipline, Positivity, and Patience

They say to always write from your experience, to write from what you know, and you know what I found out I REALLY know this week? That I am impatient. Sure, I have my daily writing goal figured out (667 words to have 90,000 words by Dec. 1st), but wow. Even with that, I can get very impatient, very antsy, and very disappointed.

Let’s start by painting the picture. I hadn’t written for three days this past weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), as I went out of town. I have accepted that life happens and gave myself some slack with the promise that I would make it up on Monday. And I did! …Mostly. I wrote over two thousand words this Monday, making up those three missed days, but I was a few hundred short of meeting the 667 I needed for Monday. And I had a blast writing. I let myself stay focused (notice the language: let myself), and had some of the most genuinely fun writing time I have had in a good little while.

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THE BEST (AND WORST) KEPT SECRET OF WRITING

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

THE BEST (AND WORST) KEPT SECRET OF WRITING

Have you ever picked up a copy of your favorite book and thought “Man, how did they write this? It’s a huge book!”

OR

Have you ever picked up a book that was HORRIBLE and thought, “Man, I could have written this a thousand times better?”

Well, I am here to tell you that the difference between you and either of the authors in this scenario is virtually non-existent. How is that possible, you ask?

They wrote.

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