How to Write a Novel When You Have a Full-Time Life (with author M.J. McGriff)

How to Write a Novel When You Have a Full-Time Life (with author M.J. McGriff)

Hey, writers! Kristen here.

When it comes to making time to write, I have it pretty easy. I'm unmarried, childless, and I work from home. My schedule's often packed, but I still have a lot of opportunity to make writing a priority in my life.

So when the lovely Margaret McGriff reached out the other week to pitch a guest post on writing a novel when you have a full-time life, I couldn't resist. Who better to dish out such advice than someone I've long since considered Superwoman?

(Seriously, guys. Margaret blows my mind. You don't wanna miss this.)

So if you're struggling to make the time to write, this is THE article for you. Without any further ado, I'll hand it over to Margaret!

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Exploring the Basics of Character Arcs (a #StorySocial recap)

Exploring the Basics of Character Arcs (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored the basics of building strong character arcs for our stories.

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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Four Steps to Overcome Writing Procrastination

Four Steps to Overcome Writing Procrastination

I've met a variety of writers since joining the online writing community, and I have to admit: I'm mad jealous of those who look forward to every single writing session with reckless abandon.

I am not one of those writers. And I know I'm not alone.

For a number of us, writing isn't always the most joy-inducing task in the world, no matter how much we love our stories. For any number of reasons, sitting down to write can be difficult for some of us. And oftentimes, procrastination wins out.

The good news? Writing procrastination is completely normal.

You should never treat yourself like less of a writer because you lack the motivation to tackle your next writing session. Like I said, there are a number of reasons why procrastination may plague you.

We're going to talk about each of these reasons, as well as how to stop procrastination in its tracks, in today's article. So let's get going!

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How to Craft Brilliant Flawed Characters (a #StorySocial recap)

How to Craft Brilliant Flawed Characters (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, we explored how to craft brilliantly flawed characters. 

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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5 Keys to Writing Success

5 Keys to Writing Success

We all want to be successful, don't we?

We want to be happy in our work. To be motivated and inspired. Always ready to write. We want to find as much time as we can to focus on our stories, and we want others to love and support our stories when we share them. 

Success. 

It's a shiny concept, but it's also hard-earned. And because success often seems so distant and unattainable, the desire for it can lead us to place undue pressure on ourselves.

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Are You Ready to Conquer Writing Overwhelm?

Are You Ready to Conquer Writing Overwhelm?

Let's face it: writing isn't always easy. Sure, it's fun when we're in the zone, when we have a brilliant idea in mind and the words just seem to flow. But most of the time?

Most of the time, writing is hard.

We battle tricky plot holes, the urge to edit as we write, the monstrous task of editing, scenes that just don't seem to have any direction, the hell that is proofreading, and so on.

And oftentimes, we lose our battles, letting the overwhelm of tackling tough writing problems or goals turn us to procrastination rather than productivity. So how can we flip the script?

That's exactly what we're going to talk about today!

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Ready to learn how to write with purpose? Our new free resource has arrived!

Ready to learn how to write with purpose? Our new free resource has arrived!


Friends, are you ready to celebrate? Write With Purpose is here at last, and I am so excited to finally share it with you! 🎉

In case you haven't heard, Write With Purpose is the new free workbook that I've been creating and hyping all February long. It's designed specifically to help you learn how to find your focus, cultivate confidence in storytelling, and begin building your ideal writing life. 

And did I mention that it's 100% free? And finally available for download? Someone break out the cake!

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Read & Written: A Peek Inside My Writing Life (February 2017)

Read & Written: A Peek Inside My Writing Life (February 2017)

Oh, February. What can I say about you?

Well first, let me begin by saying that Read & Written is my monthly recap series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at my reading and writing (both fiction and for Well-Storied), as well as a sneak peak at my goals for the coming month.

(Psst...you can check out past recaps here!)

And, well, February's recap isn't the shiniest. It was by no means a terrible month, don't get me wrong. But after transitioning She's Novel to Well-Storied on January 31st, I suddenly found myself jolted into a new stage of life, and things didn't go as smoothly as planned.

Simply put: goals did not get accomplished. But hey, we all have bad days and months! It happens. I'm human, just like everyone else. So enough with the pity party. Let's get on to the review!

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How to Intentionally Improve Your Writing (a #StorySocial recap)

How to Intentionally Improve Your Writing (a #StorySocial recap)

Hello, friends! Time for another #StorySocial recap. In case you're new here (or if you've just yet to hear about our chats), allow me to cue you in: #StorySocial is the weekly Twitter chat that I host every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.

Each week we get together for about an hour to chat about a fun writerly topic. This past Wednesday, our topic was on how to intentionally improve our writing skills.

Did you miss out? Couldn't make it? Forgot all about it? No worries! I'm sharing a recap of this week's chat below. Check it out!

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How to Rediscover Your Love for Writing

How to Rediscover Your Love for Writing

Confession Time: I don’t have it all together. Not by far.

The last few months of my life have been chaos.

It began with holiday prep around late November; moved into Christmas craziness, an extended family visit, and the epic project that was rebranding She’s Novel into Well-Storied; and ended with me waking up in February to realize that my writing life had dwindled to nearly non-existent.

Can I get a "whoops!"?

Now, I do keep a daily writing habit (you can read about why I do so here), and I was able to maintain this ritual over these past few months, writing for just a few brief moments each day. 

But what I didn’t realize until February was just how much I had fallen out of love with writing…or rather, just how much I had lost touch with the writing that I love. There truly hasn’t been a day in months when I've sat down to work with any measure of joy or motivation. 

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