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You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have. 

This quote by Maya Angelou, courtesy of Forbes

Keep using your creativity!

Happy writing,

EJ

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You can make anything by writing.

This quote by C.S. Lewis was found at Goodreads

Happy writing,

EJ

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I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.

This quote by Charlotte Brontë was found at Inspirational Quotes

Keep looking upward, guys: you’re two-thirds of the way there!

Happy writing,

EJ

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All words are pegs to hang ideas on.

This was Henry Ward Beecher, found at Write Attitude.

I love this quote, and wish I’d seen it years ago!

Happy writing,

EJ

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Sometimes your story takes you off in an unexpected direction – then deserts you at the edge of town.

If this happens to you there are a number of ways to resolve the issue.  Here are a few that work with the very short deadline:

1. Write yourself back to the main storyline, and make a note that you need to cut/revise the section later

2. Leave a gap in your story, and pick it up from a later point – filling the blank when inspiration strikes

3. Draw a quick mind map (or spider diagram as I called them in my youth!) to give you a few ideas about how to make the diversion work and where you can take the story.

4. Cut the section and go back to the point it went wrong.

It happened to me last year and I still ‘won’ NaNo so don’t let any issues sap your confidence, and know you’ll find a way through the knotty sections.

In other words – don’t get phased by the problem, just get focussed on a solution!

Happy writing,

EJ

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Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.

This J.M. Barrie quote was found at Goodreads.

Keep writing, you’re over half way already!

EJ

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Sometimes when you write quickly, you do a lot more ‘telling’ than ‘showing’.

Don’t get too worried about it in your first draft, but a quick trick to help ‘show’ more is to imagine the scene as if it’s a film you’re watching.

Think about the facial expressions, body language, gestures of the actor, or the physical way they interact with others, and describe these.  

Consider the scenery, and any clues a set designer would put into place to set a mood.  

If you find this hard, think of a film you’ve watched that has a similar tone to the one you want to convey and use that as a starting point.

When you do this, instead of saying a character is feeling a particular emotion, you can show the reader the signs.  That’s better for the reader and for your manuscript.  And, in NaNoWriMo terms, it’s better for your word count too!

Happy writing,
EJ
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