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3 Simple Steps to Make Sure You Never Forget Again (The Nopen Paradox, Part 2)

In Part 1, I explored how you can combat The Nopen Paradox by ensuring you always have a way to record your ideas. Here in Part 2, I present an even better solution. Continue...

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What to Do When Great Ideas Strike at Bad Times (The Nopen Paradox, Part 1)

The brain giveth and the brain taketh away. We receive amazing ideas at the most inopportune times and then forget them before we have a chance to write them down... Continue...

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What They're Not Telling You About Your First Draft

Most writing advice on first drafts goes something like this: start writing and don't look back, get all your ideas out, don't worry about spelling, punctuation, even plot consistency. Just get the first draft done so you can then go back and revise it. Don't expect your first draft to be any good... Continue...

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Are the Patterns in Your Life Trying to Tell You Something?

What is your oldest writing memory? Mine goes back to second grade. I wrote a one page story about a clown and my mother put it on a high shelf because she wanted to save it. She knew then that I would be a writer... Continue...

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My 3 Essential Rules For Making Feedback Fun Again

Getting good feedback is one of the biggest challenges for a writer. First there's the awful vulnerability of opening yourself—your very heart—to judgment. And then, if you can manage to survive that, there is the challenge of getting good feedback that actually helps you grow as a writer.... Continue...

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