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Writing in Chapters vs Breaking It Up Later

The question of the day is about writing in chapters vs banging out the whole manuscript and dividing it up after the fact. Which do I do? Neither. I write in scenes. This is partially because I’m a plotter, and write to an outline. The way I break up the outline has more to do […]

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The Merry Writer Work in Progress Writing

The Program I Use to Write Novels

This post is not sponsored or an advertisement. It’s a response to a question that I’ve been asked. The program I use to write novels, specifically my current work-in-progress, is Scrivener. Key features make me prefer it over MS Word or Google Docs, and I use it for almost all of my writing projects. The […]

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What Came First: the Plot, the Character, or Something Else

The dirty secret of my current work-in-progress is that I’m still trying to find the plot. What came first was the main character. She has goals she wants to achieve, problems that she’s trying to fix, and a lot of room for personal growth. As I continue to get a handle on who she is, […]

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What’s the First Step When Beginning to Write a Novel?

This is one of those questions that has no objectively right answer. The first step when beginning to write a novel will depend on your process. Are you a plotter, working out all of the beats ahead of time and then filling in the gaps? Or are you a “pantser”, flying by the seat of […]

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What’s Your Biggest Writing Goal for 2020?

Previously I’ve talked about writing a novel, tracking daily word count, and wanting to be taken seriously. I think that on a higher level, my biggest writing goal for 2020 is to become a better writer. All of my other goals are either in support of that, or are an outgrowth of it. This is […]