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Articles / On Writing

Plot Sheets To round out the sheets trilogy, as I like to call it, I’m going to talk about plot sheets. They work pretty much the same as the character and setting sheets. You can have as little or as many sheets as you need. Plot sheets are just a rough version of your outline.  The Plot Bunny Catchall Plot Sheet This type of plot...

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Articles / On Writing

Writing Character Sheets So you have this fab plot bunny and can’t wait to start writing your next best seller. You sit down at your computer, raring to go and not going to come up for air until you have at least five thousand words written. Sure, this sounds all hunky-dory but then the you hit the wall right around chapter four. (I know because...

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Articles / On Writing

Treating Your Writing Like A Full-Time Job   Recently, I edited a book where one of the main characters, a musician, spent several months treating his songwriting as a full-time job. He would get up, spend eight hours a day writing songs—some better than others, obviously—and then he’d call it a day, have dinner, and start again the next day. It forced the artist to...

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Do I Need an Outline? If you’d asked me this question a few years ago, I would have said yes, you need one. Then I wrote a story as an exercise, I didn’t think about an outline until I was about halfway through, and the only reason I created an outline was so I didn’t forget what I wanted to do. Now when I say...

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