Category: Better Writing

3 Ways to Deal with Writer’s Block (only one works)

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We’ve all been there. The writing’s going well and you’re cruising right along when suddenly… cough… sputter… click… stop. You quit writing and you stare at the screen. The screen doesn’t say anything. The blinking cursor mocks you. Writer’s block has struck! What to do? What to do? If you write  »  Read More

Better Writing: Enchanted Writing Space

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When you’re writing well, it feels like you’re in an enchanted space. Ideas rise and connect themselves to each other. The words flow. Sometimes, we even call that “being in the flow.” Writing mental space is like the enchanted wood in fairytales and myths. Most of the time, if you want to get to the enchanted  »  Read More

Better Writing: Should You Join a Writers Group?

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If you’re serious about improving your writing, someone, sometime, will suggest you join a writers group. That might be good advice. A good writers group can give you feedback and support. But not all writers groups do that well and not everyone benefits from a writers group. Writers Groups You Should Avoid or  »  Read More

Better Writing: Turning the Gist into a Good Story

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We love stories and the people who tell them. Artificial intelligence researcher, Roger Schank, thinks we may even assume good storytellers are smarter. Here’s how he put it. “Wisdom is often ascribed to those who can tell just the right story at the right moment and who often have a large number of stories to  »  Read More

Writing through the holidays

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Thanks to COVID, there won’t be as many holiday gatherings as usual. But there’s still a lot to do, and the holidays can be stressful. If you’re working on a book, you’ve already added extra work to your life. Now you must get through the holidays. You’ve got to do whatever shopping you’re going to do. You’re  »  Read More

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