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6 Factors to Becoming Super Productive

If you’re like so many people these days, you’re fatigued and often unmotivated. Covid has wreaked damage not only to the world at large but to every person’s psyche. Our nerves are shot. We are all suffering from post-traumatic stress in one form or another (or we are in present stress).

I don’t have to continue with the long list of stressors running rampant in our lives.

Still … we want to be productive. And even if productivity means just getting through your to-do list each day, that matters.

Writers need to be productive to get any writing done. And we don’t want to just write; we want our writing to be excellent, maybe even significant.

So, in this world that drains more than fills, what can writers do to increase productivity in a practical way?

I propose six factors that can influence our productivity, and these have to do with ensuring we function at our peak performance level. And, overall, these will result in better health and feeling better about ourselves overall. Continue Reading…

2 Key Factors in Successfully Outlining Stories

Today’s guest post is by Andrea Turrentine.

If you intend to write a novel, I can tell you most publishers may ask you for an outline and a few chapters.

Outlining may be unavoidable, especially for new writers.

It is also pointless to debate the efficacy of outlining because no doubt most of the best pros do it.

Atwood. Rowling. Martin. Patterson. Gaiman. Sorkin. Rhimes (She doesn’t need to now but teaches her students how she did so when she started out).

If it works, it works. That’s right. I’m taking a hard stance.

What we are going to look at is about outlining in practice. So, while devout pantsers may wish to leave, don’t! I may yet convert you. Continue Reading…

8 Elements That Get Readers Invested in Your Story

Today’s guest post is by Stefan Emunds.

Readers don’t just invest money but also time and effort. They suspend their disbelief and invest trust—meaning, they give you, the writer, the benefit of the doubt that you will deliver on your story promise.

They invest intellectually by figuring out clues and blinds, twists and turns, and they foresee climaxes. Last but not least, they invest emotionally by rooting for story characters and weathering conflicts and tension.

Reader investment is your goal. Reader investment means success.

You want to get total strangers to read the first chapter of your book and hook them enough to read the second. And the third. And the fourth. And so on. Reader investment means reader engagement.

These are the chief engagers:

  • Empathy
  • Curiosity
  • Tension
  • Inspiration and motivation
  • Sense of wonder and beauty
  • Emotional thrill
  • Excitement
  • Satisfaction
  • Feelings

Let’s take a look at each of these engagers. Continue Reading…

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