Writing When You Don’t Know How

For some reason, this year I haven’t been able to find the time or motivation to write anything. I keep telling myself I’m gonna sit down and write a scene, but it never happens. Every once and a while I get a great idea and jot a quick note down in my phone, but that’s it. And come to think about it, that’s not exactly a new thing for me, either.

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The 8-Part Guide to Researching for and Developing Your Novel

You’ve probably heard people tell you to learn how to write from other books about a dozen times already. And while I agree with that to some degree, I think people dismiss how helpful other media can be. Reading, watching or listening to media set in a similar place and/or time as the manuscript you’re writing can be extremely helpful. I don’t just mean documentaries, although those can be helpful too. I’m talking about fictional media.

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Yes, You’re A “Real” Writer

The definition of what a writer is has been debated within the writing community for ages. What are the parameters? What do you have to have accomplished in order to be considered one? Do you have to finish a novel? Publish something? Get picked up by one of the Big Five houses? Do you need to be on the New York Times bestseller list?

But here’s the thing: if you think you’re a writer, you are one.

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7 Tips to Help You Write Authentically (Without Putting Yourself in the Story)

Two of the most common pieces of writing advice you’ll get when you start out as a writer are write what you know and don’t insert yourself in the story. Essentially, you’re supposed to write about things you’re familiar with to keep your story authentic, but not too much, because then you’re just writing fanfic about yourself (or so I’ve heard). But finding that balance can be hard. Here are a few tips on how to toe the line a little more carefully.

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6 Mistakes New Writers Make (and How to Fix Them)

Look, I was—and still am, for the most part—a new writer. I’m not trying to say that being green here is a bad thing, because it’s not. It’s a time of huge growth and it can be one of the most exciting parts of being a writer, because everything is so shiny and fascinating. But I made a lot of mistakes as a new writer, some of them good and some of them bad, and I’d like to offer this post as a cheat sheet for everyone in my place.

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