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16 Quotes from Writers On First Drafts

As someone deep in the trenches of writing the first draft of a novel, I require my fair share of reminders that all the tests of willpower and sanity I’m facing are normal and, in fact, just part of the crazy sexy process. Reminders that my terrible first draft isn’t proof that I’m a terrible writer. That it’s crucial not to get caught up in editing as I write because that just interrupts the very important process of simply getting shit down on paper. That my focus should be on discovering what the story is truly about and giving myself something I can chisel, mold and polish later....

7 Reasons Being a Writer Makes You a Badass

As writers, being hard on ourselves comes as easy to us as new ideas for stories. (In fact, they’re usually a package deal.) We fall in love with our ideas, then tear ourselves apart when we fall short of the titan-sized expectations we have for them. We know our limitations intimately. Some are matters of skill, while others are just our own self-sabotaging mental blocks. They’re the coworkers we glare at while we’re working furiously toward keeping the company afloat and they’re in their cubicle, eating Cheetos, ignoring memos, and working just as hard to screw up the operation under the misguided impression that they’re “helping.” The...

6 POVs to Consider When Plotting a Fictional Murder

When I started writing one of my current projects, a romantic drama series (basically a soap opera), I knew one of the first things I had to sort out was a complex murder that would kick off the story. While the murder mystery is not the core of the story (as in a crime fiction), it is an important element that puts a lot of the events in motion and turns everyone’s lives upside down. My biggest challenge was figuring out how to make the murder fit into the larger picture of the story. I knew what I wanted this event to do to the characters’ lives, how I...