Prewriting, Tools, and Techniques

Planning and prewriting differ greatly. While both activities have the potential to address structure, prewriting is specifically done before a draft (whereas planning/structuring can be done during the action of the draft). Prewriting, as taught in schools, is composed of...

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3 Tools for Plotting As You Write: Plotting for Pantsers

There's a difference between planning each step in a journey, and just knowing where you're going next. There are all types of writers, and no one can tell any other writer how to work their craft. All they can do...

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Between First Draft and Test Readers

Between a rough draft and the first test reader lies a crucial and oft-neglected expanse. Some first-time writers plow forward and find an alpha reader right off, someone to read the stacks of pages before the ink on the...

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Alpha and Beta Readers: Building A Quality Control Team

Products of all kinds go through testing before distribution to the general public. Books undergo that same type of scrutiny by carefully selected test readers, though the process can be more effective with some research and time investment. Writers, consider...

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What to Expect From A First Draft

Creative writing goes through several stages. Whether it’s called a “rough” draft or “first” draft, producing the first fully written out version of the work terrifies some writers into immobility. Some, after completing the draft, are so high on...

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Tools: Pantsing a Novel

Cranking out a first draft is a devil of a project. The sheer mass of words can seem like a mountain to overcome, and the adventurous spirit of a particular breed of author leads them to take this challenge...

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Short Stories as Tools

Tis the season for any aspiring novelist to start panicking. It’s almost NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. November is all about drafting as many words as you can, as consistently as you can in the month. Now this isn’t...

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