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Weekly Words - a quote, a tool, and a tip for writers

"Writers have to keep on writing if they want to mature, like caterpillars endlessly chewing on leaves.” Haruki Murakami

A Writing Tool

One writing tool that can pull double-duty this time of year is NewPages.com. This website provides news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests, and more." The "For Writers" page is a great place to start researching everything from MFA programs to independent publishers to writing contests. New Pages also a great place to shop for eclectic readers, because you can find books and book reviews from independent presses and indie bookstores.

Productivity Tip

How do you succeed at NaNoWriMo? Fail every day. Writers want to write beautiful words and sentences while telling meaningful stories. Do the prework to craft a meaningful story (I’ve got a whole course on this on my website), but

fail at the beautiful words. It is easy to compare first-draft words with published books you adore. They will never measure up. So tell yourself it is OK to fail to live up to that standard. Fail every time you write, again and again, until your book is finished. Then go back and make the words beautiful.

There's a Story Here: Oslo, Norway, 2018

What story would you write about this photo?

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Next Step Book Coach - If you're ready to start your novel, are stuck in the middle, or have finished and need to know what to do next - we can help.


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