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

"I think it's important to leave spaces in a story for readers to fill in from their own experience." Annie Proulx

Which is better, Plotting or Pantsing?

The best method is the one that works for you. Plotting Pro - Most plotters have a good idea where their story is going by the time they begin and can write through start to finish. Plotting Con - Many plotters have trouble moving from plotting to writing without endlessly going back and adjusting their outline. Pansting Pro - The story gets started right away and the writer builds habit and momentum. Pansting Con - Pantsters who haven't planned at all can get stuck in the middle of their story and not know where to go. Both methods are a spectrum and can co-exist. Find your perfect balance of plotting and pansting. As writers gain experience, they tend to plot more, but also plot with more purpose.

Celebrate Women's Fiction Day

Women's Fiction authors and the Women's Fiction Writers Association have joined forces for a celebration on June 8 that includes giveaways and social media events.


Find out more at #womensfictionday and #WFWA. Also, check out the women's fiction section at Goodreads.



Photo Inspiration - There's a Story Here: Viña del Mar, Chile, 1995

What story would you write about this photo?


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.