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Why You Need to “How” to Successfully Write

Something I really try to drive home is that you need to know why it is you’re writing. Not just why you’re writing your story, but why you’re writing in general. In fact, I can list plenty of posts where I reference how to dive into that, and why you need to find your why. When you know why you want to write something, it’s … Continue reading Why You Need to “How” to Successfully Write

Writing Exercise: Flipped Motivation

Every character needs a motivation. It is the goal for them to work toward throughout the book. Your plot is how they get to that goal, and what helps or hinders them (pro tip: if you want an interesting book to read, throw lots of obstacles at your character). In this exercise, you are going to do two things: Read the prompt and generate an … Continue reading Writing Exercise: Flipped Motivation

December 17 Journal Prompt: Your Own Personal Mary Sue

Who Is Your Perfect Person? We’re going to play around a little bit with character traits here. I want you to think about your ideal person, and think about what makes them perfect. Thinking about a perfect person might sound count productive. After all, wouldn’t that essentially be creating a Mary Sue? For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, a Mary Sue … Continue reading December 17 Journal Prompt: Your Own Personal Mary Sue

December 14 Journal Prompt: Know Your Steps

What steps are you going to take toward achieving these goals? You now have at least some of your goals for the upcoming New Year, with all the steps we’ve taken. You have done some work regarding your fears and how those might influence your success and your goals. Now we’re going to look at the little tiny steps you can take to achieve your … Continue reading December 14 Journal Prompt: Know Your Steps

December 13 Journal Prompt: Know Your Fears

What Is Your Fear Around Writing? There are two more posts specifically about goal setting, and one of them I’d like to talk to you a little bit about fear. When you boil it down, fear is behind what stops us. We’re afraid of investing, we’re afraid of success, we’re afraid of failure. We’re afraid of being wrong, we’re afraid of being right. All of … Continue reading December 13 Journal Prompt: Know Your Fears

December 12 Journal Prompt: What to Write Next Year

What is your writing goal for the whole of 2020? We’ve spent some time delving into the habits we can create to make our year successful, but now I’m going to switch gears a little bit. Knowing what you now know about yourself, we are going to look at what goals you can set for the whole of 2020. Writing goals mean different things to … Continue reading December 12 Journal Prompt: What to Write Next Year

December 11 Journal Prompt: First Quarter Season

What is your writing goal for the first quarter of 2020? Yesterday we spent some time looking at what habits we can form during the first month of the year. Today we are going to look at how those habits can be implemented over the first quarter of 2020. But we’re going to look at this a little bit differently than we did yesterday. Today, … Continue reading December 11 Journal Prompt: First Quarter Season