Should I continue with my novel even though there’s a published novel with a similar plot?

Should you continue with plans to write a novel if you find a similar one that’s been written before? Of course you should! A publisher — can’t remember which one except that it was in New York City — said that one of his biggest problems was writers who contacted them threatening to sue because …

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What do you do when your writers block won’t end after years of being able to write?

What to do when writer’s block stops you cold? You stop writing, forget all about your plot, your characters, your theme, your editor,  your publisher, and yourself. You go somewhere where you feel comfortable. Maybe that’s somewhere else physically and maybe it’s somewhere inside of yourself. You don’t come back until you are completely rested …

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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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