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Build your Novel Synopsis Before you Write with Netflix and Wikipedia

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If you’re planning on participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), you need to have a good plan of attack before the waves of word count start crashing on your computer’s shore come November 1st.

Tackling your novel’s summary and plot synopsis up front during your planning phase helps direct your character’s journey, keeping you focused on building depth and creating scenes that move your story.  

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4 Steps to Freewriting Your Way out of a Slump

I have a thought, perhaps out of the blue or perhaps in the midst of writing something else, and I give myself permission to pursue it on paper in an uncontrolled way wherever it wants to go-even if it digresses (which it usually does).

– Peter Elbow on “Unfocused Exploring”, Toward a Phenomenology of Freewriting

Perhaps the biggest roadblock to getting back into the writing game is finding dedicated time to actually write. But once you put your foot down, schedule in the time and actually sit down to put words down, the second biggest roadblock is not knowing what to write. I’ve found that guided free-writing really helps.

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Why Working Harder Isn’t the Answer to Your Writing Problems

The first piece of writing advice that everyone hears is the simplest: write. Do the work. Make the time. Create a practice. Write a certain number of words or pages every day.

Maybe you’ve heard the Edison quote: Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration.

There’s wisdom in this advice – you must do the work. You need discipline, judgment, and command of the language. You develop the craft through effort.

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How to Remove Self-Judgement from your Novel Writing

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We focus on many facets of the writing process here at TheRightMargin, but occasionally, it’s important to step back, elevate above process, and consider the behavioral and psychological forces at play in our creative lives. I find myriad hobgoblins lurking in the shadows of our personal psychologies; destructive little beasts who can derail the motivation and morale essential to novel writing, despite our best efforts to overcome their intrusions through good organizational habits.

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How to find the next steps for your writing project

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Looking for the next steps in your project?

Here’s a little of what “writing office hours” looks like at TheRightMargin:

“Okay, what’s the very next thing you need to do?”


Kidding aside, I want to get writing again. Trouble is… I’ve lost my mental context. I don’t even know where to start.”

“What specifically are you trying to write next?”

“I guess my next chapter.”

“Okay, what do you need to do to get there?”

“I don’t know. Well, I guess I need to get my outline straightened out. But I’ve lost track of the plot and what I need in it. So I guess I need to reread things first?”

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