6 Practical Computer Tips for Writers

6 Practical Computer Tips for Writers

6 Practical Computer Tips for Writers Oh, the joys of working with a computer… Last week, I was reminded just how frustrating working with computers can be. So, naturally I got the idea to share with you some practical computer tips for writers. If you’re a writer and you find yourself wanting to pull your hair out because your computer is such a jerk, then here are some practical tips to help you out... 1. Save Often! Saving our writing files is one area where it’s okay to be a little obsessive. Imagine you’re in the zone. The writing is flowing, the scene is heating up (maybe it’s an intense fight scene), and you’re pleased with the words that are coming out. But then as you type your thousandth word, your computer crashes. You gasp. Your heart races as you sit frozen in your chair, unable to take a breath for fear it’ll confirm that you’ve lost it all. Your eyes dart nervously across the blank screen....
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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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3 Really Hard But Necessary Ways to Improve Your Novel Manuscript

3 Really Hard But Necessary Ways to Improve Your Novel Manuscript

3 Really Hard But Necessary Ways to Improve Your Novel Manuscript   How do you write a solid first draft? Why waste time with significant edits when you can write a solid first draft and save yourself the trouble? Who wants to spend months and even years editing a manuscript? I don’t. I want it done right (or close to) the first time so I don’t have to spend countless hours revising a manuscript that doesn’t work.   Sometimes we just need to write novels that will go nowhere. That’s perfectly acceptable. Many writers have manuscripts stuck in folders that they’ll never take the time to edit into polished manuscripts. That’s okay. Most of us cringe at the thought. All of that time and effort put into producing a story for what purpose? If it’s just going to go down the drain, why do it?   But the thing is, it takes time to learn to write well. Everyone can write. But not everyone can write...
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