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The Publishing Author’s Mindset – Self-Publishing

The entire publishing world changed dramatically – although people wouldn’t realize that until a couple of years later – when Amazon introduce the Kindle and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) in 2007. Now, ten years later, there are several platforms that … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Special – The Showdown

We’re in the last week of NaNoWriMo, and it is time for the showdown. You’ve been writing for three weeks now. You have gone through hell and heaven both while dealing with your story. You gained a lot of experience. … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Special – Characters

Today is Day 10 of NaNoWriMo. That means you should be at ~16,000 words, and that is already pretty deep inside your story. In fact, you should be clearly beyond the introduction of your characters and stuff should be happening … Continue reading

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Writers’ Block: Must Write a Novel

With this post, we move into the realm of beliefs about your product: The STORY First of all, many beginning writers I know believe they must write at least a novel. A real book. Something “big”. And a series is … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo-Wrap-up

Validation for NaNoWriMo has started. One of my friends has already finished, at a little above 50,000 words. And with a little luck, you’re finishing your novel in a few days. At least, that’s my wish for you. So if … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo – Written Yourself into a Corner?

You can land there even if you plot, but it happens especially during NaNo when people are typing fast and for the word count: You’re writing along happily, and suddenly you realize you’ve put your characters into a situation even … Continue reading

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Is Writing Fast a Good Idea?

Well, you all probably know that it’s NaNoWriMo again. And people all over the world are writing like mad and tracking their word count. I personally know a few who have written 10,000 words or more since Sunday. They are … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo anyone?

If you have writing friends, you may have heard a fairly mysterious word in recent weeks. You may have heard about preparing for it, dreaming about it and fretting about it. NaNo. No, it’s not about the unit of measurement … Continue reading

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The Plot and the Hero

The other day I read a book that I had waited to read. It was part of a series, and it was long in coming. I set aside an evening, got some beer and chips, and settled in for a … Continue reading

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The One Thing Every Story Must Have

Well, apart from the very obvious, like characters and a setting, a story needs one single thing: Conflict. Think about it. Conflict is where desire and obstacles meet. If there is only desire, and it is immediately fulfilled, there is … Continue reading

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