Month: February 2020

A Week of Writing: 2/10/20 to 2/16/20

Another week of writerly wins and woes. Let’s have a look. Words to Write By Got two quotes for you today that essentially say the same thing. The first is by Stephen King. “In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because…

First Draft Drive: 2000 Words Per Day

This week I’m starting the first draft of a new novel. I’ve got my outline, and I’m (more or less) ready to go. But what’s my plan of attack? What are my goals? How quickly do I aim to finish. Let me answer those…

A Week of Writing: 2/3/20 to 2/9/20

One more week down, and it was a fairly productive one. Let’s take a look. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from novelist Jane Smiley. “Every first draft is perfect because all the first draft has to do is exist. It’s perfect…

Reprints: Easy or Hard Sell?

Reprints are a great way to get extra mileage (and maybe a little extra cash) out of your stories, and there are a lot of markets that take them, even some that prefer them. But are they easier or more difficult to sell/place than standard…

A Week of Writing: 1/27/20 to 2/2/20

Well, I got the lead out last week and managed to make progress in a number of areas. Here’s how I did. Words to Write By This week’s quote comes from novelist E. L. Doctorow. Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking…

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