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Introducing Your Protagonist: A Mystery to Be Solved

For the book I’m writing, and forgive me if I’m short on details, because I’m still discovering them for myself, I wanted my main character to have a low-key introduction. It wasn’t going to be a dramatic reveal. There are a group of characters having a conversation, with the protagonist being one of them. I […]

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Do You Use Incremental Goals to Track Writing Progress?

Today’s question asks whether you use incremental goals to track writing progress. Are there weekly, monthly, or quarterly benchmarks that you measure your goals against? For my part I set goals appropriate to the project. With my current work-in-progress I have a dedicated bullet journal to track daily word count along with weekly and monthly benchmarks. […]

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On Being an Overly-Analytical Writer

Hi, my name’s Berin and I overthink things. Part of this comes from being a project manager. Some of it stems from living with an anxiety disorder. Another chunk comes from having executive dysfunction. It all comes down to need for well-organized information and processes in order to function and feel like I have some […]

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Goals Journal The Merry Writer Writing

What is the Biggest Writing Goal Achieved in 2019?

My biggest writing goal achieved in 2019 was to assess and reset my existing goals. I mentioned yesterday that I did that in November and I’m happy with the results. As a result I know where I am and where I want to be in my career thanks to a month-long project. I now have […]

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Journal Work in Progress Writing

An Emotional Road Map: Stating Your Novel’s Theme

For reasons I’ll clarify in upcoming posts, theme is important to me. I know, many will claim that it’s not about what I’m trying to say as the author that counts. What matters is what the reader takes away from the novel. I don’t know that they can get anything out of it if there’s […]