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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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Feeling Behind? Maybe You Need a New Perspective

It may come as a surprise to hear someone like me say this. Afterall, I was captain of a Division I college track team and I have a Ph.D. in particle physics. How is it possible that such a person could have spent his life playing catch up? Continue...

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Finding Focus So You Can Stop Self-Sabotage

Do I need to become an internet marketer to be a successful writer? Even publishing companies are favoring those writers who have large online followings. Do I really have to become a successful internet marketer before I can become a successful writer? Continue...

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Story Force: Understanding Story Structure

Understanding story structure has eluded me most of my writing life. Or perhaps I should say I have been on a life-long quest to understand the fundamentals of what makes for a good story and why. I now understand the most fundamental quality of story and I call it story force. If you write stories, then you need to know this. Continue...

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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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