Capitalize on Your Habits to Write Your Best Book

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On Throwback Thursday, we’re looking at excerpts from past posts on Live Write Thrive.

Today’s post is from  How Your Habits Help You Write a Book by Alex Strike.

Writing is not an easy process at all. I’d realized it once I tried to write my very first article on the topic of gambling. Yes, the topic is not the best and noblest one, but even something seemingly easy to write about posed a problem for me. Have you ever tried to describe the rules of playing blackjack in a way that it would be interesting even for people who had never heard of this game at all? Believe me, it is not easy.

And now, when some of my friends try to persuade me that every person can write, I just smile and do not even try to change their minds because it would simply be a waste of time. To understand the process of writing, one should try writing at least something.

Now that I have more than a hundred articles published, I’ve changed my mind about writing, and I can’t imagine how I could have lived without it before. I’ve started my first book, and I use everything that can help me to write faster and better–even my habits. Continue Reading…

Hacking the Magic—How to Get into the Writing Zone Every Single Day

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Today’s post is by author Jessica Brody.

As writers, we all want the magic. We all covet those seemingly rare moments when we sit down at the computer and the words just flow and the ideas are brilliant and our fingers have to fight to keep up with the gallons of inspiration pouring through us. Yes, as a writer, this is the holy grail. This is the part of the creative process we all fall in love with.

The only problem is, we never quite know it’s going to hit. How long it will last. Or when (if ever) it will return.

So we do the only thing we can do: wait (and pray) for the magic to come to us.

Well, I, for one, am not very good at waiting. Continue Reading…

Layering a Subplot into Your Novel

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We’ve looked at plot twists these last couple of weeks because they are so useful to have in novels. Regardless of the genre you’re writing in, a great plot twist can strengthen your story and make it much more exciting than if you don’t have any.

Warning: this is a long, meaty post, but I’m going deep into one way you might layer your next ten scenes over your ten foundational scenes. You might want to settle in with a bowl of popcorn and a latte for this one.

Two of the ten foundational scenes in your novel should be some kind of twist. If you haven’t downloaded the chart showing the first ten scenes of my 10-20-30 scene builder method, get yours here. We’ve discussed those ten scene types—some in more depth than others—but I hope you now have a good feel for what they are and how and why they work in your story.

While you can build off those ten key scenes in a multitude of directions—and that’s what my next few Monday posts will be demonstrating—to ensure you have a strong foundation for your story, it’s best to work on those first ten. Continue Reading…

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