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Detox December (and Rejuvenation January)

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Inspiration, Stuff I Like, Writers | 22 comments

Detox December (and Rejuvenation January)

As I recently discussed in a Misfits & Daydreamers issue, whole-assing (a.k.a. full immersion) is the only way I can get a book written. I need to fall so deeply into the story that no outside distractions can…well, distract. I’m not the only author who feels this way. In fact, I’d say that the #1 complaint I hear from my fellow writers is that email, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr…basically, The Internet, is a black hole that both sucks away attention and also sucks away motivation. Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE me...

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First Readers, Revising, & Publication

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Writers, Writing Resources | 2 comments

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who not only won NaNoWriMo but who made ANY progress this month. I finished with 32,000 new words, and I’m really proud of that progress! New words are always better than no words at all. To wrap up NaNoWriMo and to help all of you forge onward with your new manuscripts, I wanted to share all the posts I’ve ever written about revising a novel, finding a literary agent, and getting traditionally published.     Revising Your Novel The Basics of My Revising Process Tackling Revisions (printable...

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Facing Fear and Tackling Writer’s Block

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Ask Sooz a Question, Writers, Writing Resources | 2 comments

As promised for NaNoWriMo, I’m organizing all my past content so that YOU can more easily find what you’re looking for. During week 1, I covered A Writer’s Basic Toolbox, and in week 2, I dug deeper into the more advanced tools at a writer’s disposal. Week 3 was for The Productive Writer, and this week, we’re moving onto fear, writer’s block, and passion.   Fear & Self-Doubt From FRAB to Fab, Part 1: the oft-forgotten culprit behind writer’s block From FRAB to Fab, Part 2: finding the fears that hold you back From FRAB to...

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The Productive Writer

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Inspiration, Writers, Writing Resources | 2 comments

I got a bit behind during week 2 of NaNo. Some major changes happened in the trajectory of my projects (I’ll explain in Friday’s newsletter), so I’ve got some MAJOR catching up to do this week! Anyway, as promised for NaNoWriMo, I’m sharing links each Monday to all my past content so that YOU can more easily find what you’re looking for. In addition to the organized posts, I have a forum open where you can ask anything about today’s topic, and I’ll answer it as best I can. During week 1, I covered A Writer’s Basic...

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Digging Deeper into the Writing Toolbox

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Writers, Writing Resources | 2 comments

As promised for NaNoWriMo, I’ll share links to past posts each Monday organizing all my past content so that YOU can more easily find what you’re looking for. In addition to the organized posts, I have a forum open where you can ask anything about said topic, and I’ll answer it as best I can. Last week, I covered A Writer’s Basic Toolbox (ask questions here!), and this week, we’re digging into the more advanced tools at a writer’s disposal.   Digging Deeper into Character Writing 3D Characters Dragging...

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A Writer’s Basic Toolbox

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Ask Sooz a Question, Writers, Writing Resources | 6 comments

As promised in the last issue of the Misfits & Daydreamers, I’ll share links to past posts each Monday throughout NaNoWriMo. Why no new content? Well, I did a survey a few weeks ago, and of the 100 amazing people who responded, I’d say ~90% asked for content I’ve already delved into quite thoroughly.  I realized that people don’t even know all the topics I’ve covered before, and so rather than reinvent the wheel, I’ll simply organize it all so you can find it more easily! In addition to the organized...

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The Writing Is All That Really Matters

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Writers, Writing Resources | 7 comments

I get a lot of emails (and tweets, tumblr asks, facebook messages, etc.) asking me about my process–and that’s great! I love sharing what I do, and I love hearing about what YOU do. But the thing is, no matter what my process is (or her process…or his process), at the end of the day, the writing is all that really matters. I think it’s easy to get caught up in different “methods” or “outlining plans” or “character creation schemes” because we’re all looking for that Top Secret...

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How to Craft Characters: Deepening with Backstory

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Ask Sooz a Question, Truthwitch, Writers, Writing Resources | 4 comments

This is the third post in this series on crafting characters. To recap, here are the components I consider when crafting my characters–and these are in order of importance: Voice Desperate need Backstory/history Behavioral/speaking quirks Looks/physical quirks Today we’re discussing backstory and history. Now, I’m sure many of you are wondering WHY history/backstory is #3 on my list. I mean, a person is the sum of their past, right? It should be the most important thing! Yes…but no. A Tale of Two Bros Let’s say...

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How to Craft Characters: Desperate Needs

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Ask Sooz a Question, Writers, Writing Resources | 11 comments

This is the second post in this series (find the first post on voice and opening lines here). To recap, here are the components I consider most important when crafting my characters (note: this might be VERY different from what you do, and that’s 100% okay): Voice Desperate need Backstory/history Behavioral/speaking quirks Looks/physical quirks Today we’re talking about desperate needs–or what your character wants so desperately that he/she will do anything to get it. Some people think of this as the “goal.”...

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How to Craft Characters: From Opening Lines Spring Voice

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Ask Sooz a Question, Writers, Writing Resources | 9 comments

Recently, I received this question in my inbox: How do you get to know your characters? Do you work on getting to know them well before drafting, or do you get to know them as you work? Honestly, at first I was like, “I HAVE NO IDEA HOW I DO THIS.” I’m such a free-writer and character is one of those things I really, really don’t plan well (I scribble things in my notebook, but it always changes as I draft). So clearly I can answer part 2 of the question with great confidence: No, I don’t work on getting to know...

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