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

"When it comes to memoir, we want to catch the author in a lie. When we read fiction, we want to catch the author telling the truth." Tayari Jones

A Writing Tool

Google (or your preferred search engine) can be a great research tool that also provides a quick break from writing. With maps.google.com, you can look at streetscapes where your story takes place. Spend a few minutes researching a restaurant or bar where a scene will happen so you can accurately describe the decor and food. Airbnb can give you a look inside homes ranging from a New York penthouse to a mountain cabin. Description is often more authentic when you base it on something real, even a photo.

Productivity Tip

Just because NaNoWriMo is done doesn't mean your novel is. Keep up the good writing habits you developed in November to finish your novel (or complete those revisions). Once you're finished, set the manuscript aside. You'll need time to be able to look at it with fresh eyes, the way a reader would. But don't stop writing! What's next on your list? Being a writer isn't about writing one book, just like being a hiker isn't about going on one hike. If you're not ready to start a new book, write an essay, a poem, or flash fiction. Develop a character that you'd like to use someday. Whatever you decide to write next, write from a place of joy, without the pressure of November.

There's a Story Here: Yellowstone National Monument, Wyoming, USA, 2020

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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