What are the steps in your creative writing process?

The steps in my creative writing process haven’t changed in the many years I’ve been writing. I first ran across it in a magazine and I’ve stuck with it because it works for me. Number ‘4’ in the list becomes the first scene. Number ‘5’ becomes the last scene. Fill in between numbers ‘4’ and …

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Is writing about romantic love difficult?

Is it difficult writing about romantic love? The answer depends on your definition of romantic love as compared to physical love. Physical love has been described as graphic descriptions of the sex act. That’s just plumbing. You can (and I have! ) taken a basic plumbing handbook meant to help a do-it-your-selfer plumb your house …

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What planning tools do you use to keep your writing on track?

What tools do I use to keep my writing on track? For me, it’s an outline. My outline doesn’t resemble a table of contents and doesn’t have numbers and indents and other things associated with outlines, rather it’s more like a detailed synopsis. One paragraph per chapter and that paragraph is just long enough to …

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Making a living as an author of novels and novellas

Can an author make a decent living as an author of novels and novellas? Depends… Long ago, when bricks and mortar publishers ruled the publishing world, those publishers decided who got published and who didn’t. In doing so, they decided who made a living as a novelist and who didn’t. Now that anyone can self-publish, …

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How do I start making money through writing and be a good writer?

How do you make money writing and still be a good writer? It’s interesting that you put two questions together as one. Because they are related. Sort of. No, it’s not true, as many people will tell you, that if you become a good writer the money will follow. It won’t because there are too …

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