Pressure Bursts Pens

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For the first time in a little over a year, I have a plot idea for a new novel. I outlined the story (check out my outlining process here) and created a protagonist to carry it all out. I decided to approach this novel with careful planning so I chose to live with the main character for a while before attempting to write her story. I mapped out her history, description and character arc. I followed people on twitter who are in the same profession, subscribed to some YouTube channels I think she would like and I now I really feel like I have a better understanding of who she is and what she wants. I did the same with the supporting characters and antagonist until finally I was ready to write.Read More »

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My Pet Word Named George

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Edit for your pet words. Literally, the best advice I have ever received. I’m editing one of my short stories and I put the trick to the test last night. I’ve always known I have a tendency to drop the word ‘that’ into my writing unnecessarily, but I didn’t realize the situation was serious enough for an intervention.  Read More »