The powerful process that will help you write more in 2017 Have you ever looked at the bibliographies of prolific writers and wondered how on earth they write so many books? Do they just have an incredible amount of time to devote to writing? A motor inside their hands that keeps them typing away? A writing … Continue reading “How to Become a Prolific Writer” | Nicole Bianchi
~ Words by Nicole Bianchi ~ Once upon a time, the typewriter was the only piece of technology a writer had to make his work easier. Now we not only have computers, but we can also access an endless array of useful writing tools on the Internet. Best of all, many of these web applications … Continue reading “15 of the Best Free Web Applications for Writers” | Nicole Bianchi
by Samia Rahman So, how can you write about issues or experiences that you find to be culturally alien, yet do it well? Perhaps the first step is to acknowledge that embarking upon such a task comes with responsibility, and you might want to think carefully about your motivation. Is this a subject that you … Continue reading “How to Write the ‘Other’ (Without Being a Jerk)” | Samia Rahman
Intro: Authors often discuss how reading improves your writing. However, there’s a big difference between passive and active reading, and if you’re serious about using published novels to improve your writing you must learn how to do the latter. When you read passively, you consume a novel as entertainment — you’re trawling through without paying attention to detail. … Continue reading “How to use Active Reading to Become a Better Writer” | Jed Herne
I’m a pantser for the first time.
What’s a pantser? Someone who writes a book with no plan, as opposed to a plotter, who, you know, plots.
Normally, I plot like crazy. I have plots for my plots. (Also known as subplots.) And though I almost always deviate from my original plans, I always have a plan. But lately, I was feeling a little bogged down by all that planning. I yearned for adventure. For mystery. For absolute chaos. Like a road trip with no destination ahead. Just me and the road and whatever will happen.
So, I decided my first book of 2017 would be written in perfect pantser style, full speed ahead.
I’m not going to lie, I thought I would crash and burn. In fact, I expected to. But that wasn’t the case. Let me explain the differences by comparing my normal plotter ways and my current…
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