10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 2)

10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 2)

10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 2) It's been a while since I posted Part 1 of this blog series, so I figured I better get back to it. So, here are more reasons why I write... I’m a big brainstormer. I love to fit story pieces together and work out plot details. For me, it’s fun. Most of the time, my ideas occur to me naturally when I brainstorm ideas. I’ll ask questions like: what happens next, what needs to happen in order for the details to fit, what other obstacles do my characters face. For me, it’s not about how I can make my characters’ lives more difficult. That’s a common tip for writers. ‘Don’t stop there – how can you make things even worse?’ That’s not for me, at least not at the moment, because for right now, I think my characters lead tough enough lives as it is. Could I kick it up a notch? Oh yeah, sure. Several notches....
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10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 1)

10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 1)

10 Reasons Why I Write (Part 1) Writing isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes work and if we’re writing about emotional topics, it can be mentally taxing. The hardest book I’ve written is my latest YA dystopian novel, Charged. It is filled with emotion and tension and difficult situations. In order to write it with some semblance of accuracy on human behavior, I had to emotionalize the story. I had to feel the emotions of the characters, especially Fira. I had to consider how my characters would react with each new piece of knowledge. What do they look like (i.e., facial expressions, hand/arm positions, etc.)? What do they feel? How do they speak? But even though it was hard to write, I’m glad I stuck with the story because stories like these need to be shared. That’s one of the reasons why I write. Another reason is that I'd be an extremely unhappy individual if I didn't. Writing is a compulsion for me....
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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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