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Destination

Call me a Plotter. I like to plan my writing. Not an etched-in-stone master copy. That’s not what I mean. Some writers work well that way, and more power to them. I like to think of my planning/outlining as a roadmap for driving from New York to L.A.
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Goal Update

Last week, I set a goal to edit 10 chapters, which would put me at the midway point in my manuscript. I knew this would require an extraordinary effort. I woke up early every morning. I stayed up later than usual every night (minus one). And guess what—I reached that goal! Pardon me while I celebrate.

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Hercule Poirot

Character

It’s a safe bet your favorite books, TV shows, and movies all have characters that you love—or love to hate. The storylines might be thrilling, poignant, or funny, but a great story usually fails without characters to root for. Or to loathe.

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Tree and Sky

Structure

“When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.”

― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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Sleeping Gorilla

Consistency

I’ve fallen a little behind schedule. A few challenging chapters coupled with a busy week set me back a bit. Time is limited, so it was bound to happen—such is life. And the chapters in question highlighted one of my most significant concerns heading into this—the lack of consistency. But with help from a book I picked up this week, I’ve learned a few tips on how to identify my trouble spots. And most importantly, how to fix them.

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