Focusing

Focusing in a Multi-tasking World

Lately, I’ve been struggling with focusing. After I’ve gotten the daily outlining done for my stories, it’s time to write. However, I find that I can hardly go an hour without needing a “break” to check up on my emails, which leads to 20 wasted minutes of internet surfing in the name of research. So, I’ve been trying other methods of taming my distraction and focusing in on my goal.

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The Importance of the First Chapter.

The first page of your novel is the open door to your character’s world. You don’t want a slow introduction of explaining every single detail. You want your opening event to take the reader into a story that has already begun.

Outlining

Mastering the Basics of Writing: Outlining.

Don’t allow the outline to stifle your creative process, but rather, let the outline give you the framework you need to move forward in your story. Use it as a guide and not as law because the characters sometimes want the story to go a different way than you had first imagined. Be flexible, but don’t let the characters run completely away with your story and it ends up being a train wreck.

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Mastering the Writing Basics: Plot Structure.

There are lots of takes on the perfect plot structure. When I first starting writing about ten years ago, I used the simple incline plot structure; however, I found that with the simple plot structure, I was falling prey to the dreaded “sagging middle.” So, I adopted a different structure. Without really knowing the proper name, I discovered later that what I was doing was called the “Three-Act Structure” and for me, it was the doorway to organization. It allowed me to organize the plot in such a way that I could avoid the sagging middle like the plague.

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At the Conference

You made it! After months of saving and planning, you can finally just sit back and relax, right? A writer’s conference is exciting to attend, but this isn’t just for fun. You are there to learn, network and pitch.

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Preparing for the Writer’s Conference

You have just chosen the right conference for you. Now what? #writingtips

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Why Should I Even Bother Going to a Writer’s Conference?

It is an amazing feeling to walk into a room filled with writers. You can feel the creativity in the air. It is exciting and nerve wrecking to meet the authors that you have read for years and to meet new authors that you haven’t read before. And the thing is that everyone is there to meet others and to lend a helping hand.

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A Writer’s Worst Enemy

As writers, it is nearly impossible not to compare ourselves/careers to others, but we need to resist the urge. Sure, we all get twinges of jealously, but it’s what you do with that twinge that counts. #writing #writingtips

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The 7-Step Process of Creating a Story from Scratch.

So you want to write a historical fiction piece, but you have little to no idea where to start?