Category: The Art of Writing (Page 4 of 10)

Writing a Story: Using the Toyota 5 Whys to Clarify your Story’s Plot

When writing a story – for the first time or the tenth – writers often have to tackle the dreaded question of Why? Why are you writing, why are you writing this story, why does the story you’re telling matter, why should the reader care? This isn’t a trivial step. Rather, the answer to Why? is crucial to establishing a compelling plot.

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3 Nagging Questions Keeping You from Writing — And What to Ask Yourself Instead

Most people who sit down to write must first contend with their Inner Critic: that super helpful part of our brains tasked with reminding us how much we suck. But there’s another voice in there that gets in the way of creativity, and sometimes it can harm our writing lives even more than the much-maligned Inner Critic.

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Using motivation, conflict, and stakes to improve your novel’s scenes

Writing good fiction is a lot like making a sword. You can read about it, watch someone do it, and handle a thousand beautiful, perfectly made blades – but until you smelt the iron, forge the sword and shape and sharpen the blade yourself, you can’t know how to do it. 

Fiction takes practice, and working within a single scene is among the best places to hone your skills.

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How to return to your writing routine after a long break

Unintended breaks from writing – long and short – happen. Writing and productivity experts will tell you that strict adherence to routines and word counts are the only ways to find the gold at the end of the writing rainbow. But life happens, and sometimes you wake up and find it’s been weeks (or, gasp! months) since you’ve written.

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Four Writing Mantras to Help you Prioritize, Focus, and Finish

Ever wanted to get things done but because something keeps holding you back — lack of time, perfectionism, distractions, etc. — you’re not able to get going? I certainly have. There are a few creative endeavors in my life, including writing, that make me feel this way.

However, over time I’ve learned a few tactics for how to overcome this perpetuating procrastination & perfectionism routine! One of them is remembering the below four writing mantras to help me prioritize, focus, and feel optimistic that even smallest of steps forward will help me reach my end goal (which also happens to be a TRM core value).

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