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    Write Your Story

    “You only fail if you stop writing.” Ray Bradbury (from SmartBlogger 138 Writing Quotes to Inspire) For me, 2021 was a year of wandering. I started out with good intentions. With one manuscript out on submission, I had what I was confident was a great idea for a new teen contemporary novel. Maybe it would even be a rom-com. I wrote happily away, making excellent progress, until, I didn’t. It wasn’t a problem of not planning enough ahead, or anything like that. I actually had written beginning, middle and ending scenes. Enough to convince myself that I had a viable idea. Enough to convince myself that I had an idea…

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    To Outline or Not to Outline

    How to Write a Novel: Step by Step Plotting your entire novel is an enormous undertaking. A lot of percolating about your story has gone on before you are ready to take on such a mammoth task. Or, you may decide that outlining is not for you. Let’s look at the options. In the writing world, much controversy surrounds the plotter versus the pantser approach to writing a novel. Plotters are those writers who love to have every plot point, well, plotted, the narrative arc firmly charted, and the scenes organized. Plotter style Plotters are those writers who love to have every plot point, well, plotted, the narrative arc firmly…