What is the most time efficient way to come up with good writing ideas?

How to come up with good writing ideas? There’s one good way that works for both fiction and nonfiction. That way used to involve reading the newspaper. Now it involves going online and reading the news there. Either way, you look for what’s happening in the world. Then you find whatever ‘speaks’ to you. What …

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Do I sketch out the plot of my novel before starting it or do I allow my characters to lead the way?

Which is better, sketching the plot before writing or jumping in and letting characters dictate the way  the story develops? There are two ways to write a story. Their proponents are called plotters and pantsers. Plotters sketch the plot before starting the story, pantsers just sit at their computer and start writing, letting the characters …

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Which is more difficult to write, first or third person?

Is writing in the third person more difficult than writing in first person? Depends on what you’re talking about. Third person narratives can be more wide-ranging than first person. They can show more people, more events, more everything. But, at the same time they can seem more distant and, therefore, less interesting. First person is …

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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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