Why is it so hard to write a novel, and especially hard to sit down and write your first novel?

The answer to this particular question is easy: Because you’ve never done it before. Any endeavor can be extremely difficult for a beginner. But the more you do — or even the more you sit at your computer and think about writing even if you don’t do any actual work — the easier the process …

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Is editing the most time-consuming part of fiction writing?

Answer 1 Notifications 24 Depends. Issac Azimov once said that he learned to write when writers were paid pennies a page, so he learned to write the finished product as his first draft as a way to same time and earn more money. I do the same thing but it took a long time to …

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What’s the importance of making story writing a hobby?

My answer is a bit round-about, but stick with me, there's a point at the end. When I first started writing as a career, I found that I ‘wrote out’ a lot of things from my past. Okay, I’ve had an easy, comfortable life but, like with everyone, there were a few things that were …

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How can I write the first chapter of my fantasy novel as a scene that happened 8 years previously?

 There are two ways and either way works well: Write the scene as a prologue instead of as a chapter. It’s done all the time and it works great. The only thing to remember if you use this technique is not to make the prologue too long because, for some reason, readers are turned off …

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Red Carpet Dreaming

Have you ever daydreamed about what you would do if you were invited to a glamorous red carpet event or something as publicized as the Royal Wedding? Because a lot of people were invited and not all were royalty either. So why not me? Anyway, just in case. I'll be prepared because I've thought about …

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About rain — rainbows — writing — stories of wonder.

It's raining today. Sort of raining, just enough to get everything wet and make me not want to go outside and stand in it because I'd get chilled and soaked, though the ground will still be thirsty when it ends because it's not coming down hard. Still, considering we've been in a 'red flag' event …

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More about black cats. Yep, there’s more.

Black cats are as easily adopted as cats of other colors. Although euthanasia numbers for black cats have been some of the highest of all cats, their total number of adoptions was the highest of any hue as well. There may just simply be more black cats than other colors. Furthermore, the Black Panther movie …

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Another black cat factoid. This one about panthers. Black panthers!

  Let's get the hard stuff over with up front. And that hard thing is:  there is no  such thing as a black panther. What? No black panther? What about the superhero? Well, he's different, of course. He's real. But actual four-pawed black panthers that kind of resemble tigers? Nope. Not real. It’s a term …

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How can I get readers to relate to a non-human character in a story?

 Easy. Give them human characteristics, which is what most, if not all, writers do when describing non-human characters.   I suspect it’s the ONLY way to describe a character because, as humans, we don’t know how to describe anything other than ourselves and, fortunately for writers, that includes a huge range of characters from the …

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