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

"Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you've made sense of one small area." Nadine Gordimer

A Writing Tool

How much money do you think authors make from their writing? A Book Riot article from May of this year searches for answers. In "How Much Do Authors Make per Book," Sarah Nicolas addresses the issue of money. While the answer depends on the author, fifteen authors across genres and types of publishing share their financial stories.

A Craft Tip

Plotting versus Pansting--It's a spectrum. Some people plot their novels using grids and graphs. Others pick up the pen and start writing. There's no right way or wrong way to write a novel, just like there isn't a right or wrong answer to whether you should plot or write by the seat of your pants (pantser). Find out what works for you. Do you start writing and then get thousands of words into a novel and have no idea where the story goes next? Plotting will help - and you can always go back and plot if you need to. Do you work on your story idea, build out the characters and the story world, but never write more than a few thousand words before you go back and revise the plot? Write every day and get the words on the page. You can fix it later. Most likely, you're somewhere on the Plotter-Pantser spectrum. Figure out what combination of plotting and pantsing is best for your productivity and your story.


Photo Inspiration - There's a Story Here: Trier, Germany, 2017

What story would you write about this photo?


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