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motion map

Creating A Motion Map Of Your Story

Great writing is all about great motion and change — and every bit of motion needs a motivation. You can track these cycles by creating a motion map.
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Nothing is Wasted (If You Put It To Use)

Your life experiences — exhilarating and tedious, mundane and magnificent — should inform your written work. Channel your emotions and use descriptive details to make your story-world come alive.
short fiction

Do You Keep A Short Fiction Journal?

Not only does keeping a journal of short fiction keep your creative writing muscles working, harvesting your short fiction might lead to your next great idea for a novel.
first novel

The Writing That Leads To Your First Novel

Regardless of what, how, and when you write, the key is to write a lot, in as many different contexts as possible, and let the experience help you grow as a writer.
creativity when writing

Can You Trigger Creativity?

Sometimes, taking a problem on head-on isn't the most creative solution. Why not try Oblique Strategies, the I Ching, or a coin flip? Changing your mental approach can lead to a side-door solution you didn't see before.
literary influences

Who Are Your Literary Influences?

I encourage you to consider your own foundational inspirations when it comes to the written word. Who made you want to write in the first place? What works do you think are perfect — the ones you keep coming back to? Whose skill do you aspire to channel or match?
develop your story

Develop Your Story By Listening To Your Cast

You can listen to your cast of characters at any stage in the writing process, but it might be especially useful near the end when most of the story is fleshed out. It can be a good check of your story logic and add a last ingenious layer of polish.

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