Reflecting On Our Year in Writing (a #StorySocial recap)


Are you looking to spend dedicated time each week engaging with an awesome group of fellow writers?
 

Look no further than the #StorySocial chat. I host this hour-long Twitter event every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern with writers from around the world, and it's an absolute blast. This week, we reflected on our writing lives in 2018 and set intentions for the new year. Missed out? Catch all the highlights from this week’s chat in the recap below!

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How to Hold Yourself Accountable to Your Writing Practice

I’ve often said that consistency is key to writing success.

There are other keys, of course: passion, patience, persistence, a willingness to learn. But when it comes to building a life-long writing habit that brings creative fulfillment, consistency is king. Why, then, does is often prove so difficult to get our butts in our chairs and our fingers on the keys?

Today, let’s talk about the phenomenon of resistance and how we can leverage our unique personalities and processes to overcome it!

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Ironing Out The Bumps in Your Creative Process (a #StorySocial recap)


Are you looking to spend dedicated time each week engaging with an awesome group of fellow writers?
 

Look no further than the #StorySocial chat. I host this hour-long Twitter event every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern with writers from around the world, and it's an absolute blast. This week, we talked about how to iron out the bumps in our creative processes. Missed out? Catch all the highlights from this week’s chat in the recap below!

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Do You Know What Drives Your Story’s Narrative?

At the heart of every good story is an arc, a series of related events that compels the reader to engage with the narrative.

Sometimes, that arc is one of external thrills and escapades. Will they catch the killer? Will she break the curse? Other times, that arc is one of inner turmoil or transformation. Will his pride lead to eventual downfall? Will she find it in her heart to forgive? Certainly, both types of arcs can be present in a story. But ultimately, only one can serve as the driving force behind its narrative.

As writers, why is it important to understand which arc lies at the heart of our stories? Let’s examine the difference between plot-driven and character-driven narratives today on the blog.

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How to Balance Subplots & Multiple Storylines (a #StorySocial recap)

Are you looking to spend dedicated time each week engaging with an awesome group of fellow writers? 

Look no further than the #StorySocial chat. I host this hour-long Twitter event every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern with writers from around the world, and it's an absolute blast. This week, we talked about balance subplots and/or multiple storylines with the main arcs of our stories’ plots. Missed out? Catch all the highlights from this week’s chat in the recap below!

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Can a Drafting Cycle Help You Juggle Multiple Manuscripts?

Have a million amazing story ideas swimming around in that head of yours?

You may not be able to write them all at once, but you can speed up the process of bringing them to life. By utilizing a drafting cycle, you can juggle work on multiple projects without feeling overwhelmed, unfocused, or unproductive. This technique won’t be the right one for every writer, but if you often struggle to finish projects because others get in the way, it may be time to give a drafting cycle a try.

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How to Write Epic Action Scenes (a #StorySocial recap)


Are you looking to spend dedicated time each week engaging with an awesome group of fellow writers?
 

Look no further than the #StorySocial chat. I host this hour-long Twitter event every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern with writers from around the world, and it's an absolute blast. This week, we discussed how we can write epic action scenes. Missed out? Catch all the highlights from this week’s chat in the recap below!

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How to Maximize Your Writing Time Like a Pro

Frustrated with your productivity as a writer?

Whether you’re struggling to find the time to write or failing to utilize the time you already have, today I’m going to share a few tips to help you level up the hours you spend creating. I won’t say these tips are universal, but I do think you’ll find them helpful. So whether you’re a newbie, an established writer, or a published author, let’s talk about maximizing the time we have to bring our stories to life!

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Can Happy Scenes Kill Our Stories' Tension? (a #StorySocial recap)

Are you looking to spend dedicated time each week engaging with an awesome group of fellow writers? 

Look no further than the #StorySocial chat. I host this hour-long Twitter event every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern with writers from around the world, and it's an absolute blast. This week, we discussed whether happy scenes can kill our stories’ tension. Missed out? Catch all the highlights from this week’s chat in the recap below!

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How to Overcome Shiny New Idea Syndrome & Find Writing Focus

Are you easily distracted by new story ideas?

There’s a reason it took me over two years to finish a draft of my first novel, and that reason is Shiny New Idea Syndrome. Every several thousand words into my book, I’d conjure up a new way to tell the same story and scrap everything I’d written to start fresh, convinced that my new idea was better than the last. Sound familiar, writer?

If you frequently find yourself tempted by new story ideas (and have often failed to finish a draft because of this), today is the day to break the vicious cycle. Let’s talk about how we can filter pesky plot bunnies to better find focus in our writing lives today.

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Exploring the Ghosts of Our Characters' Pasts (a #StorySocial recap)

Are you looking to spend dedicated time each week engaging with an awesome group of fellow writers? 

Look no further than the #StorySocial chat. I host this hour-long Twitter event every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern with writers from around the world, and it's an absolute blast. This week, we explored the ghosts of our characters’ pasts. Missed out? Catch all the highlights from this week’s chat in the recap below!

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Eleven Tips for Creating a Feel-Free Writing Routine


Building a consistent creative practice is key to achieving our writing goals.

But with all the chaos of life, establishing a writing routine is often far from easy. With a scarcity of time, energy, and motivation alike, it’s easy to guilt ourselves for skipping writing sessions or outputting uninspired work. But rather than give into creative blues, how can we build writing routines that leave us feeling free? Let’s break down my top tips in today’s article, writers!

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How to Write Impactful Death Scenes (a #StorySocial recap)

Are you looking to spend dedicated time each week engaging with an awesome group of fellow writers? 

Look no further than the #StorySocial chat. I host this hour-long Twitter event every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern with writers from around the world, and it's an absolute blast. This week, we discussed how we can write impactful death scenes in our stories. Missed out? Catch all the highlights from this week’s chat in the recap below!

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How to Balance “Show, Don’t Tell” in Your Writing


“Show, Don’t Tell” is far and away one of the most common pieces of writing advice. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most misunderstood.

This popular writing mantra claims to be the key to rich and immersive storytelling, but what does “Show, Don’t Tell” actually mean? Is it a technique you should truly pay mind as you work to improve your skills? And if so, how can you employ this popular piece of advice in a way that doesn’t feel contrived? Let’s discuss everything you need to know in today’s article, writers.

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How to Craft Your Characters' Fears (a #StorySocial recap)

Are you looking to spend dedicated time each week engaging with an awesome group of fellow writers? 

Look no further than the #StorySocial chat. I host this hour-long Twitter event every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern with writers from around the world, and it's an absolute blast. This week, we discussed how we can craft out characters’ fears. Missed out? Catch all the highlights from this week’s chat in the recap below!

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How to Weave Threads of Tension Through Your Story

Every story is a carefully woven tapestry of tensions.

And while narrative tensions can vary in both nature and magnitude, every form of tension has the power to create dissonance that’s vital to a story’s success. It’s this dissonance, the divide between a character and an object of their desire, that will keep readers turning pages, eager to see how tensions will resolve.

But not all threads of tension are created equal — and some are far too easy to snap. How can you ensure a deft hand as you weave a little necessary tension through the pages of your book? Let’s discuss a few key techniques today, writer!

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How to Write Characters With Secrets Pasts or Identities (a #StorySocial recap)

Are you looking to spend dedicated time each week engaging with an awesome group of fellow writers? 

Look no further than the #StorySocial chat. I host this hour-long Twitter event every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern with writers from around the world, and it's an absolute blast. This week, we discussed how we can successfully write characters who aren’t quite what they seem. Missed out? Catch all the highlights from this week’s chat in the recap below!

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Should You Include a Prologue in Your Story?

Ah, the Great Prologue Debate. Should they or should they not have a place in fiction?

The necessity of prologues (or lack thereof) is a topic that’s frequently discussed in online writing circles, and today I’d like to add my two cents to the clamor. You see, I feel pretty strongly about the power of a prologue well written. It’s a story element I’ve enjoyed time and time again as a reader, and also one that I’ve worked to emulate in many of my own stories.

Why do I think that prologues have their place? And what defines a prologue as well-written in my eyes? Allow me to share my thoughts with you in today’s article, writers.

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How to Build Suspense In Your Story (a #StorySocial recap)

Are you looking to spend dedicated time each week engaging with an awesome group of fellow writers? 

Look no further! The #StorySocial chat is the place to be, my friend. Every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern, I host this hour-long chat on Twitter with writers from around the world, and it's an absolute blast. This week in particular, we discussed how we can build suspense into our stories.

Missed out? No worries, you can catch all the highlights from this week's chat in the recap below!

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Eight Reasons to Participate In NaNoWriMo


If you’ve been around the online writing community for long, you’ve probably heard of NaNoWriMo.

Short for National Novel Writing Month, this epic event encourages writers to pen 50,000 words in the month of November. And when I say “epic,” I mean it. Every year, hundreds of thousands of writers worldwide take part in this online and in-person event — and that number is growing every year.

So what makes NaNoWriMo such a popular event? In today’s article, we’ll break down everything you need to know about the event itself and how taking part may just revolutionize your writing life as it did mine!

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