Some writers outline a novel with plot points. Others build their work around character arc, which is the subject of this excellent how-to post. With NaNoWriMo looming on the horizon, many writers will want at least a basic idea about their novel before diving in to write 50,000 words of it in November. Starting with a character arc can do that for you.
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4. "21 Quotes to Reignite Your Passion for Writing!" on Positive Writer (Bryan Hutchinson)
Nothing gets me more motivated to write like an inspirational quote from an expert in the industry. Check out this great list of comments on subjects ranging from fear and motivation to creativity and potential. Maybe post your favorite above your desk to keep you on track.
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3. "Writing Fiction: 6 Lessons I Learned from Freelance Writing" on Write to Done (Allison Tait)
Writing fiction and writing nonfiction may not be as far apart as some of us think. Don't let yourself get locked in to the assumption that if you're a blogger, you can't learn anything from a novelist, and vice versa. There's always something to learn. Here, find out how freelancing led to great improvement in fiction writing for one woman.
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2. "7 Things to Do After Finishing Your Book" on Guide to Literary Agents Blog at Writer's Digest (Pat DiCesare, guest columnist)
You've finished your first book, written the words "The End," saved and re-saved the document so many times you've lost count. It's time to celebrate, yes, and to get started on the next phase of work. Now's the time to market, network, communicate, edit, reach out to your contacts ... and get the next writing project underway.
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1. "How to Stand Out as a Freelance Writer: 5 Ways to Find Your USP" on The Write Life (Johnson Kee)
A "USP" is your "unique selling point." What makes you the best freelancer for a particular job or niche in your industry? That's what you need to find out so you can build your brand and your business. Here's an excellent, in-depth post on how to figure out what you've got or can offer that no one else has.
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And that's the lineup for last week, ladies and gentlemen. What are you working on these days? Are you planning to join NaNoWriMo? What's the first thing you do when you finish a project?