Four Tips to Achieve a Reasonable Writing/Life Balance

Four Tips to Achieve a Reasonable Writing/Life Balance

We are now on day twelve of NaNoWriMo. How is your word count going? Last night I managed to hit the twenty-five thousand word mark, so I'm feeling pretty proud of myself. (I also have an idea for a new WIP using the epistolary genre that I've never seen done before that I want to try, but I'm trying to make myself focus on just one WIP at a time. #writingstruggles) 

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My Bi-Monthly Goals and How You Can Set Attainable Writing Goals

My Bi-Monthly Goals and How You Can Set Attainable Writing Goals

I love goal setting. As a writer with a full-time job, I need to be balanced and set deadlines and goals in order to move forward and grow both in my professional career and my writing career. In the past, I would use a calendar to write monthly goals for myself from month-to-month but I've noticed that this usually makes me feel rushed, stressed, and often I don't end up meeting all of my goals. So, I've decided to take a page out of Kristen Martin's book and set bi-monthly goals from here on out. I've set ten goals for myself and in order to succeed, I would like to meet at least eight of these goals.

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Prep-tober Week Five: Writing Tools, Software, and Motivation

Prep-tober Week Five: Writing Tools, Software, and Motivation

To succeed at NaNoWriMo, you need to write 50,000 words in thirty days during the month of November. With Thanksgiving, Black Friday sales, and other commitments winning can be extremely hard. However, there are writing tools and software that will help you write, plan, and count your way to the finish line. To make things easier, I've compiled a list of some my favorite tools and software down below.

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Five Tips to Help You Get Through the Dreaded Middle and Beyond - Wordy Speculations

Five Tips to Help You Get Through the Dreaded Middle and Beyond - Wordy Speculations

Janell E. Robisch was kind enough to invite me to write a guest post on her blog, Wordy Speculations. Hop on over to her site to check it out and read my post on “Five Tips to Help You Get Through the Dreaded Middle During NaNoWriMo and Beyond."

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10 Ways to Meet Your Daily Word Count for NaNoWriMo

10 Ways to Meet Your Daily Word Count for NaNoWriMo

Please join me in welcoming guest blogger Janell E. Robisch to The Educated Writer!

So, you’ve decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. You’ve committed to writing 50,000 words in thirty days.

If writing every day is new to you, you may quickly find yourself overwhelmed. However, with some simple tricks, you can preprogram your success and win NaNoWriMo!

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Prep-tober Week Four: Plots, Subplots, and Outlines

Prep-tober Week Four: Plots, Subplots, and Outlines

Plot is when a character pursues a goal, conflict arises, and a resolution is reached. It is your novel's main goal and what your character ultimately wants to achieve. I want to preface this post by saying I already have a blog post that you can find here, where I discuss the most common and easiest plot structure: The Three Act Structure.  I also discuss the 27 Chapter Plot Structure I use here. However, I want to reiterate that there’s no right way to write. What works for one person, may not work for another. The point is to use what works best, and don’t be scared to adapt as you go along.

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Prep-tober Week Three: Craft Strong Characters

Prep-tober Week Three: Craft Strong Characters

Characters are at the heart of any novel. You want your characters to be relatable and drive your plot forward. They are also an excellent tool to hook your readers and get them to continue reading your book. Therefore, it is essential that you get to know your characters beyond a surface level. If this is something you struggle with or something you want to get better at doing, be sure to take note of these five tips!

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