Crafting Opening Novel Scenes That Pack a Punch

Today’s guest post is by Jennifer Locke.

Novel beginnings are tough.

The writer faced with a blank document must ask herself question upon question.

  • How do I include relevant information regarding time and place without front-loading a lot of backstory?
  • Which key details will set the scene in the reader’s mind?
  • How can I jump right into the action, without leaving my readers completely lost, unmoored from the specifics of story?

We’ve heard all the no-nos. Continue Reading…

How Writers Can Retrain Their Brain to Tune Out Distractions

Last week we started talking about distractions and how this era we live in has corrupted us. We are so easily distracted by tech, so it’s no wonder it’s so hard to get a good chunk of writing done. Not only is our time impacted by the countless distractions; the quality of our writing suffers.

I mentioned that Larry Rosen, PhD, a research psychologist and author of Disorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us says we rarely focus on and attend to any task for more than three to five minutes without getting distracted.

His advice? We have to retrain our brain to respond based on a set schedule rather than spontaneous cues (such as beeps and bells and pop-ups telling us someone or some app is sending us a message).

Easiest way to do this is to turn everything off. Continue Reading…

No More Excuses—Find Time to Write

Today’s guest post is by Drae Box.

We all have reasons why we don’t get things done. Work, kids, studying, TV shows on demand, and socializing being the big five. We thrive on excuses! Yet we know we need to find time to write.

If this is something you struggle with, it likely frustrates you.

When we decide we don’t have time to do something, it’s because of a deeper truth. Either we’re scared, we’re not prepared to work hard, or it’s not as important to us as everything else is right now.

Let’s take a look at some reasons we don’t write. Continue Reading…

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