Write from a place of internal truth, even if it is painful. You will be happier with the results.
I talk about transitioning from writing a novel to writing my novel, plus a peek inside my brain.
Be gentle with yourself. Cut yourself some slack and stop beating yourself up because you're not where you "should" be.
I finished the first draft of the first chapter of my novel. A few things I learned along the way.
I wrote a novel-length fanfic over the course of about 3 months. How did I do it? Can I employ the same strategies and tactics as I Write the Damn Thing?
I have a deadline for when I want my first draft of the Damn Thing to be finished.
When you Write the Damn Thing, the only way out of perfectionism is to get to the root of your problem.
Why is it so hard to write the present tense well? It has to do with poetry. No, really.
When you Write the Damn Thing, an outline can help when you're working with an unfamiliar structure. In my case, that structure borrows from kishoutenketsu.
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