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3 Tips for Writing a First Draft in 90 Days

Last week, I got an email from a writer that said, "I really want to make a career out of writing fiction, but to do so, I know I can't spend two years working on the same novel. Do you have any advice for how I can finish a novel faster while still maintaining its quality?"

And I love this...

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How to Test an Idea Before Writing the First Draft

How do you know if the idea you have is strong enough to support a full-length novel?

Is there a way to know the difference between a good idea and one that's better left in your idea folder? 

If so, can you do this before spending all that time writing the first draft?

The...

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Counting Down the Best Tips from FWME in 2021

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It's almost time to ring in the new year, so to celebrate, I thought it would be fun to continue with last week’s theme of lessons learned over the last year. 

So, as we inch our way closer to counting down until the ball drops, I wanted to count down some of the best clips from the...

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5 Takeaways From Coaching Writers in 2021

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Do you ever wonder what the writing process is like for other writers? Or if they run into some of the same challenges or traps as you do?

Well, in this post, I'm giving you a glimpse behind the scenes and sharing some of the key takeaways I learned from coaching writers this year. And although...

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3 Tips for Writing Unforgettable Supporting Characters

In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about writing unforgettable supporting characters. And I’m excited about this episode because supporting characters don’t always get the attention they deserve. But they’re often one of the best parts of stories.

And if...

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Save the Cat! Beat Sheet: The Act Three Beats

In today’s post, we’re going to continue going through the 15 “beats” of Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! Story structure template. Specifically, we’re going to focus on the beats that make up the second half of act two, or the second half of the middle section of...

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Save the Cat! Beat Sheet: The Act Two Beats (Part 2)

In today’s post, we’re going to continue going through the 15 “beats” of Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! Story structure template. Specifically, we’re going to focus on the beats that make up the second half of act two, or the second half of the middle section of...

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Save the Cat! Beat Sheet: The Act Two Beats (Part 1)

In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to use Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! Beat Sheet to plot the first half of the middle section of your novel.

If you aren’t familiar with Blake Snyder’s work, the Save the Cat! Beat Sheet is a popular...

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Save the Cat! Beat Sheet: The Act One Beats

In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to use Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! Beat Sheet to plot the beginning section of your novel.

If you aren’t familiar with Blake Snyder’s work, the Save the Cat! Beat Sheet is a popular story structure...

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How to Deal With Imposter Syndrome as a Writer

Almost every writer struggles with imposter syndrome at one point or another. Usually, this looks like getting stuck somewhere in the process and asking things like, "Who am I to even write a book? What will people think? What if I finish it and it's terrible?"

Can you relate? I know I can....

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