How to Write: Sagging Middles

How to Write: Sagging Middles

How to Write: Sagging Middles

So, how is it going? Have you gotten through the first one thousand words yet? Two thousand? Usually by this time, I know if a book is going to be finished or not (as a reader and as a writer). Some books start out strong and then about act two, something weird happens. It’s called the middle. No matter how hard we try, boring, inane activity, and sagging plots will hit us in the middle of a book. We sort of run out of steam, or if you are a pantser, you can’t see where the story is going and

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What does my reader want?

Several things have become glaringly apparent this weekend so far as How to Write is concerned. I guess whenever anyone embarks on such an auspicious endeavor, one must not get overly involved in the stuff behind the scenes. Well, I have. Deeply, truly, madly involved. But it’s all for my reader. It is because I care. I do not want to be a big fat failure, and have you scratching your head wondering what the heck I am talking about. But then too, I do not want anyone who is a little more advanced falling asleep as we dig into

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What should I write about?

What should I write about?

Since How to Write is now a little more than a week away, I am considering this question that I hear so often. What should I write about? We all face this dilemma when we sit down to pen something. I personally keep a pretty lengthy list of folders in my Document section devoted to ideas. And when I have an idea, I write it out and save it over there. So when the time comes to begin something new, I have plenty of ideas to choose from. I am not going to discuss WHERE ideas come from because that

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How to Write coming in JULY for blog readers

How to Write coming in JULY for blog readers

As many of you are already aware (sickenly so) I am a writer. I write things: stories, poems, novels, blog posts (whew boy) and well, articles etc. If you are reading this – this isn’t news to you. But what you may not know is that every type of writing requires a unique skillset. Yes, it does.   Just because you can write a killer poem does not mean you can pen a full-length novel. It requires a bit more finesse, some moxie, if you will. And so, just what exactly does a writer of short fiction and/or poetry, articles

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Writer Recharge week 1

Writer Recharge week 1

It’s Monday, and that means, WRITER RECHARGE post time! or #writerrecharge if you are following the twitter hashtag. What is Writer Recharge 2015? Check out the details on Sara Biren’s blog here — Sara is one of the hostesses for this great event in February along with Alison, Liz, and Elodie. They are super nice gals, and you should check out their blogs. What I did this past week: I didn’t really get in all my goals this past week, but I managed quite a few of them. Writer Recharge 2015 week one WRITE/REVISE : I did start the outlining

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