Hello Story Nurse,I want to write a novel. But I'm stuck. I have previously published non-fiction work in thesis, publication, monograph and script format. To me this kind of writing is, if not easy, intuitive. Pitching what I'm writing to the right audience is my particular strength. I've written for experts in my field and … Continue reading #123: Writer’s Mind, Beginner’s Mind
#122: When All the Writing Advice Is Wrong (for You)
Try new things and keep track of how well they work. Don't worry about whether your process looks like any other writer's process.
#121: Researching by Interviewing Experts
It's perfectly fine to consult an expert as long as you pay them for their time and expertise.
#120: Separation Before Revision, Part Two
Dear Story Nurse, I'm not the kind of writer who can start editing a draft as soon as I'm done with it. By the time I stumble over the finish line of a novel-length project, I need some time to emotionally detach from the story before I can think about how I want to change … Continue reading #120: Separation Before Revision, Part Two
#119: Separation Before Revision, Part One
Without a degree of separation between book and self, revision is far more difficult, and may be impossible.
#118: NaNoWriMo and Writing like a Machine
The secret secondary goal of NaNo is to learn how you write under pressure.
#117: Story Beginning Choice Paralysis
Focus on the opener as the reader's introduction to your world, your characters, your plot, and your style. You want to make an accurate first impression while putting your best foot forward.
#116: When a Pantser Becomes a Plotter
Today is the fifth Tuesday of the month, which means that my answer to this heartfelt letter is available exclusively to my Patreon patrons.
#115: Getting Started Writing Original Fiction
You're asking me about how, but my questions back to you are about why. If you can grab hold of why you're focusing on writing original fiction and confirm that you really do want to be doing it, a lot of these pieces will fall into place.
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