3 Big Misconceptions About Novel Outlines That Every Writer Needs to Know

3 Big Misconceptions About Novel Outlines That Every Writer Needs to Know

3 Big Misconceptions About Novel Outlines That Every Writer Needs to Know   Do you avoid creating novel outlines because you don’t think they will be helpful to your work? Novel outlines can be extremely helpful to writers. But many writers avoid creating them. They think the cons outweigh the pros.   But here are three big misconceptions about novel outlines that writers need to know.   False Belief #1: Outlines are written in stone. Often, writers avoid creating outlines because they think they’ll be tied to what’s written on the outlines. That they won’t be able to stray from them and write what really comes out. But that’s not necessarily true.   The main purpose of a novel outline is to outline the story. That’s it. If a new twist pops up that would have your readers at the edge of their seats, you’re free to make the change.   There is so much that goes into a novel that an outline isn’t going to cover everything. By default, there’s...
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3 Simple Tips to Finding a Quiet Place to Write

3 Simple Tips to Finding a Quiet Place to Write

3 Simple Tips to Finding a Quiet Place to Write Books Do you need peace and quiet when you write? Some quiet place to write your books so you can focus and get into the writing zone? I know I do. I work best in my office, alone, with the door closed. And if you're anything like me, you need peace and quiet to get any writing done, too. For me, I haven't had much experience working around others or in chaos, and I haven't been in a position where I needed to make a chaotic environment work. If chaos occurs, I can just put my writing dreams on hold. No biggy, right? After all these years, I really wish I had worked harder at getting the writing done. But that's neither here nor there. I can't go back and change the past. What I can do now is move forward toward my writing goals and secure a happier present and future for myself and everyone...
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What Kind of Writing Life Do You Want?

What Kind of Writing Life Do You Want?

What Kind of Writing Life Do You Want? A career in creative writing has a built-in perception that writers are starving. Most writers aren't writing for the money. They don't wake up one morning and say, "I want to make a ton of money writing." It's certainly not impossible to do, but we've been led to believe that starving writers are the norm. The same goes for artists of other arenas. Many of us got into writing because we felt compelled to share stories. Whether those stories are about our own lives and experiences or about characters and plots we've created, we are driven by a compulsion to share stories. Even if we're writing for the money, we're still writing because we feel compelled to do so. And it's not news to any writer that it takes a lot of hard work to achieve our dreams and goals. But before we get hung up on that idea, we need to remember that the same...
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