If you’re struggling to meet your daily NaNoWriMo word count, or any other writing goals, take a few minutes for some useful procrastination to help you hit your writing targets. Make a note of all the things that hold you back from writing, from all the things that prevent you from getting to the computer in the first place to the things that distract you in the middle of writing. When you look at the list, you will no doubt notice that, like the characters in your story, you have external and internal barriers.

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Much of the joy and discovery of creative writing comes from the process itself. I'm finding inspiration and motivation from the very characters I've created.

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With the first week of NaNoWriMo behind us, our LiterarYeti mascot and social media coordinator share a progress update on their NaNoWriMo word count journey.

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Whether taking the NaNoWriMo challenge or not, we can all use pointers and reminders when it comes to increasing productivity at the keyboard. These seven writing tips can set on your way to make a plan, and stick to it!

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Maybe that's part of the nagging sensation I'm fighting, that I'm not really an author. And until I finish my first book, I guess that's true. What makes an author? Having a great story to tell? Having the ability to craft the words and descriptions to make it come alive? Sure, that and a finished manuscript.

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With the start date for NaNoWriMo just days away, I'm steeling myself to the task of completing a novel in a month. This infographic gives some insight into the habits and plans of writers as they stand on the edge of this challenge.

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Understanding your hero’s goals will help you plan your plot line and develop the engaging, motivated characters your readers will love to follow. Here are three easy steps to get you on your way to developing your characters' goals.

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