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Tracking Your Progress While Outlining and Revising

Hi all! Julie here. Recently I blogged about How to Finish Your Book, focusing on tips on how to get to The End when writing a first draft. In the comments, I was asked a great question about tracking progress during the outlining and revising stages of the writing process. The reason I think this is such a great question is because tracking outlining and revising is definitely trickier than tracking drafting. When getting a […]

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Choosing the Best Length for your Story

Hi all! Julie here, and today I want to talk about how we as writers choose the best length for the stories we tell. As readers, we’ve all come to the end of a story we loved and felt a real sadness that it was over and we were going to have to leave those characters and their world behind. I think this can happen with any length of story. I’ve felt it at the […]

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How to Finish Your Book

Hi all! I’m currently on a deadline with my publisher, so I find myself thinking a lot about productivity these days. My deadline is for a first draft, so my focus at the moment is on creating a quality draft without bogging down, getting off track, or falling behind schedule. In the meantime, I’ve had the opportunity to meet lots of aspiring novelists in the past few months, and many have asked for advice on […]

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You Tell Us–What Are Your Favorite Writing Quotes?

Hi all, it’s Julie! Today I want to share some of my favorite quotes about writing, and invite YOU to share your favorites, too. I love a great quote–especially if it’s a real truism about writing–and I love to learn what quotes other people admire. So please read on, and share your own in the comments. (And please don’t feel too restricted by the “about writing” part of this. Arguably, some of these–especially the one […]

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The Basics of Show Don’t Tell

Hi all; Julie here! Today’s post goes back to basics with a discussion of Show Don’t Tell. (For other approaches to this rule, you can read JJ’s piece on balancing the mix of showing and telling, Pub Crawl alum Susan Dennard’s post on using showing and telling on macro and micro levels, and Kat’s approach to when to show and when to tell.) There are few rules of craft that can be applied to a […]

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