The emotional map of your book is different than the plot, though the two are tightly related. Being aware of this emotional current can bring clarity to your writing, and is a powerful way to progress your story.

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A micro-memoir focuses on one moment – maybe only seconds long. Whether it's the actual start to your book, or just a way to get you to start the writing process, these little scenes will set the stage for the larger story.

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Mind mapping is a technique for outlining information in diagrams using written text as well as lines, symbols, keywords, colors, and images.

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How much of your precious time do you save to read about writing? Here are five critical reasons for spending some of your invaluable "off-writing" time reading advice about the craft and process of writing.

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Just like the phoenix rises from the ashes, sometimes ruthlessly throwing away drafts is the best thing you can do in your quest to become a writer.

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Sometimes the solution to a problem requires you to stop and think. As an author, sometimes you need to step away from the keyboard to improve your writing and get your book finished.

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All of these writers had very specific ideas about what they needed to craft their work – from particular writing utensils to what they could wear, from what hours of the day they would work to what they wanted their writing spaces to smell like.

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