• Research for Your Novel

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    Do you think that research is only for nonfiction writers? Wrong. Novelists must get their facts right, too. Here are some things I research. Characters: Research Psychology and Tropes I often research behavior from a psychologist's point-of-view. I want to know the typical stages of grief. Or what are some common character traits of a leader. What ...

  • Scrivener: Sculpting a Story

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    Do you write your novels? Or do you sculpt it out of words? I've been working with Scrivener for about two years now, and on my current WIP, it's finally starting to feel normal. In fact, it's changed the way I work. Affiliate Link Before Scrivener My working method in the before Scrivener days was a mixture of outlining ...

  • Turning Out Words: Productivity

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    My life is full. And I don't want it any other way. I'm blessed to have such a rich, varied and full life. But, oh! Life is full! And I need to get writing done. I recently read a great book on productivity. Now, don't let it scare you away, because it's called, 2K to 10K: Writing ...

  • My 4000 Word Day: Prewriting

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    Last Friday, I wrote 4000 new words on my WIP novel. That's a great day for me. But it was only possible because Thursday was a planning day. When I work with students and teachers, I encourage lots of prewriting. My book, Writing for the Common Core, is essentially a book of prewriting activities. Here's the ...