How to Set Reasonable Word Count Targets for Your Writing

How to Set Reasonable Word Count Targets for Your Writing

How to Set Reasonable Word Count Targets for Your Writing If you’re anything like me, you tend to be a little ambitious with your word count targets. Often, you wake up in the morning and think, “It’s going to be a 5000-word day.” Then by the time your writing session is over, you’ve got maybe 500 words on the page and you’re thinking, “What the heck?” Earlier this year, I decided I was going to write an average of 1,000 words per day for a beautiful grand total of 365,000 words. My plan was to write quality words for fiction rather than focus purely on quantity, and that would allow me to produce better first drafts. This goal is definitely achievable. But by the time I started with the goal, I was already 30,000 words behind. A few other things popped up and I derailed even further. Now, in order to reach my goal by December 31st, I have to write an average...
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One Big Strategy to Tapping into Your Creative Genius

One Big Strategy to Tapping into Your Creative Genius

One Big Strategy to Tapping into Your Creative Genius Are you ready to tap into your creative genius and get more writing done? Would you like to sit down to write and be rewarded with a fountain of ideas that never runs dry? Many writers, especially aspiring writers, are afraid they’re not creative enough to write a novel. They think that if they were meant to write, they’d have ideas coming out of their ears and that they’d be able to write easily and effortlessly. The writing would flow. And the ideas would keep coming in one after another. Because of this belief, many of these writers don’t even try. Or they do try it out, discover it’s a lot harder than they thought, and then give it up. If a writer thinks he’s not creative enough, he may be right. But he’s only taking into account his current abilities. He may not feel creative today, but if he devotes time to it, he’ll...
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Online Newsletter – October 2017

Online Newsletter – October 2017

Online Newsletter - October 2017 Feature Article - Don't Give Up!   Being a writer is hard. Sitting down to write when we have thread-bare confidence in our writing abilities is a challenge. When the self-doubt settles in and no matter how hard we try, we can’t seem to think of anything intelligent to write about or intelligent ways to express our thoughts or stories, it can get discouraging.   But hang in there.   One of the main reasons why we struggle so much is that we just lack confidence in our abilities. Gaining confidence though is relatively easy. I talk a lot about studying the craft of writing. And I do that because of how much it has impacted my ability to write.   I’ve been a writer since the fourth grade. But it wasn’t until recently that I started feeling more confident about my novel writing abilities. There’s a special talent one must possess to be a great storyteller. And thankfully, that talent can be learned....
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