Category Archives: Writing

From the Beginning (Part 7): Write This! No, Write This!

Decisive is a word rarely used to describe me.  And by “rarely” I mean never.  I’ve more or less learned to cope with this in my real life, but it has caused problems for me as I try to write … Continue reading

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From the Beginning (Part 6)–Just Like Starting Over

The bad news is that I’ve made very little progress writing my novel in the last week.  The good news is that my apartment is much cleaner.  See, procrastination can be your friend! I did make a decision about the … Continue reading

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From the Beginning (Part 5): The Devil in the Details

A week or so ago I wrote about my somewhat belated effort to outline my novel and how hard I found the process.  This week I have to confess that I’ve abandoned the process, although not intentionally.  My progress slowed and … Continue reading

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From the Beginning (Part 4): The Hardest Part*

For years I’ve taught students about the importance of structure in writing.  “Have a plan,” I tell them.  “Make sure you know what you want to say.  It’s much easier to revise an outline or summary than a whole document.”  … Continue reading

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From the Beginning (part 3): Knowing the Writing Jargon

As I work on completing my first novel, the one I started back in November for NaNoWriMo, I’m keeping a journal of what I’m doing and learning as I go through this process. Last week I talked about the difficulty … Continue reading

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From the Beginning: Writing a Novel (Part 2)

If you read my post about writing a novel last week , you’ll notice that the title of this entry is different.  That’s because I suck at naming things.  I don’t have a title for the book I’m writing, I don’t … Continue reading

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A Beginner’s Tale: Writing a Novel (Part 1)

Back in November I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and “won” by writing a little over 50K words in the month.  That was pretty exciting, and I had a lot of fun doing it, but those 50K words … Continue reading

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