Writers Horoscope for November 18: Your latest project? Bigger than you’d planned.

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So you’ve shrugged off criticism.

And writer’s guilt? Gone for now!

But someone approaches you with a profitable offer and, freed of fear and doubt, you say, “Yes.”

Uh-ohhhh.

Here are a few tips on tackling a big writing job

On the fiction side, try some prewriting strategies.

Writers Horoscope for November 10: You’re overthinking things.

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There is prewriting. That’s good.

And then there’s prewriting hysteria. Not so good.

Create a basic framework as a starting point and let inspiration and imagination fill in the blanks.

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Contradiction alert!

However, if you’ve signed onto a previously promoted two-month ‘finish this!’ program, well, just ignore the first draft suggestion above.

Hey, it’s the writing life! No one said it would make sense.

 

 

 

Writers Horoscope for November 8: Your writing = selfishness.

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The voice is back.

Today’s message: “Forget this aimless pastime. Spend time with family, friends, pets, yard work…fill in the blank. Something constructive, something that leaves a mark.”

[Notice I didn’t mention the dirty dishes.]

Hang in there. Today’s haunting is just another version of resistance, another creeping doubt meant to undermine your creative work.

Suggestion: write a quick note to ‘the voice’.

Other than this brief authorial detour, make it clear it won’t deter you. [Nice that you’re engaging in the very activity the voice wants to inhibit, by the way.]

Use a large font size. Print it out. Post it above the computer.

Some folks even name the voice and put a face to it. Sounds like a hint at the next entry…

Writers Horoscope November 7: Continue to seek wisdom and expertise.

You’re feeling a little lost. Your efforts have been disjointed and erratic.

You don’t want to bother your writing buddies who are busy with their own projects.

A little inspiration, a little guidance would be nice.

binoculars seeking inspiration

Enlist Honoree Corder.

Her notable work You Must Write a Book ** will inject enthusiasm and purpose to your projects, whether non-fiction (her specialty) or fiction. Within a page or two, her sincere, almost urgent, style and salient points have me reaching for a notebook. [Like I said, ‘a notable work’.]

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Free Prewriting Course Update

Hello writers.

I’ve added two new components to the prewriting mini-course.

  • Using Images to Add a Visual Element to Your Prewriting
  • Conversing with Your Characters

Here’s the link…https://wordinventions.blog/prewriting-course/

In the next week, all components will be assembled in a Teachable course.

If you’re interested in joining that version of the still-free course, just fill out the form below or email me at the address below.

Yes, I want to take the prewriting course!

Any questions, suggestions, or requests? th@inventwithwords.com

Prewriting Course Components

Greetings.

I’ve been sharing components of my prewriting mini-course and will continue to add to this page. So far, I have posted the ‘using a concept list’ video, with two samples, and a 23-point ‘James Patterson on outlining’ PDF.

I will be combining them all with additional resources in my Teachable course, but for now, if you’re interested…

https://wordinventions.blog/prewriting-course/

This page can also be found by clicking ‘Menu’ in the upper right corner of this page.

Let me know if you have questions: th@inventwithwords.com .

For now, it’s time for:

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