Writing

 

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I periodically post articles about the art of writing. I’ll include information about writing methods, tools, ideas, and anything else I think relates to how a person might craft something others will find interesting. As always, I’d appreciate any comments you may have on what I’ve provided.

A question that I see frequently on writing forums is how does one start writing a work of fiction. The question often comes from an aspiring writer overwhelmed or confused by the challenges associated with writing a complex and compelling novel or short story. Writing something like a novel is not nearly as daunting as many people fear. As long as you are reasonably organized, have experience with or are willing to research and verify the topics discussed in the book, and satisfied to continually work on grammar and character development, then you are perfectly capable of writing a novel, ...
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How many words do I typically type in a day? How many days would it take me to write a 350 page novel? My publisher wants me to write my next novel in two months. Is that realistic? I've typed for weeks now. How more days will it take me to finish by 120,000 word novel? I need my teeth cleaned. Which day of the week is usually my least productive so I can use that day to visit the dentist? The downloadable typing log can help you answer these and other similar questions. This simple Excel spreadsheet allows you ...
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Any form of writing requires at least some minimal set of tools, facilities, and accessories. Even if you write only with a pencil and paper, you still need, well, a pencil and some paper. An eraser might be handy as well. Where do you keep your finished manuscript when you're done scribbling it out? In this article I wanted to cover some things to consider when you decide to take up writing. It's not meant to be an exhaustive list. That would be impossible because every author utilizes a different style of writing and will therefore naturally select a different ...
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