Category Archive: Kickstart Your Writing

Beer Drafts and Coffee Revisions

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I read this wonderful article over at lifehacker.com this morning. If you have some time, you should read Why You Should Drink Beer for Big Ideas, Coffee to Get Them Done. If not, I’ll… Continue reading

The One Promise You Should Make to Yourself as a Writer

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If there’s one promise you should make to yourself as a writer, it’s this: Finish your manuscript. Amy McLane and I stood in the parking lot (we are the Parking Lot Confessional, after… Continue reading

Confessional Classic: 3 Tips to Make Your Writing Stronger

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The PLC is on vacation, please to be enjoying some of our favorite posts from the vault. Happy Holidays! This week’s 3 Things… theme is 3 Things I wish I’d known then. Here… Continue reading

Confessional Classic: That Is The Question

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This week we’re reaching back into the archives. I originally wrote this post in January of last year. Coming up on January of a new year, I find it’s still true. I hope… Continue reading

Getting productive with the produce

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I must confess: I’ve been stepping out with a tomato. I hate to strut on in to the confessional box, but I’ve been kicking ass and taking names this month, for I have… Continue reading

Writing Slump? Journals Help

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Slumps happen. For me, slumps revolve around time management, or really, my pitiful lack thereof. All it takes is one day of not writing, and the next day is that much harder to… Continue reading

Greasing the mental wheels: What to do when you’re stuck

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Being stuck mid-story is a miserable feeling. Taking some time off seems like the natural solution, but it can misfire, badly. A walk around the block and a cup of tea is a… Continue reading

Distraction-Free, Full-Screen Text Editors: Can They Help?

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Like most writers I know, I use Microsoft Word to do the bulk of my writing. I’ve looked around for other software, but none can compare to the editing power of Word. The… Continue reading

Three Sneaky Tricks to Slide in Settings

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You can’t fly without solid ground beneath you. Nope. You can’t. You can’t get momentum. There’s no light, no wind. Just an empty void. And by “fly,” I mean write, of course. I… Continue reading

Save the Cat and Keep ’em Reading

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Can you escape a dystopia in under 500 words? THE BREAK is up at Brain Harvest. Go read it and see. That was awesome, wasn’t it? And now, today’s post. Amy’s recent rave… Continue reading

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