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One way is to allow yourself to write a crappy first draft and then fix it in editing. A lot of authors go that way. They just keep writing, not looking too much at what they've written in previous chapters. Their editing work then turns into gold digging where you grab a bunch of muck and rinse away a lot to find the golden nuggets that gets to be ...


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I often think of what Ira Glass says in this video about the gap between your work and the work that you admire. Here's the quote in text: Nobody tells this to people who are beginners. I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make ...


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Writing is similar to exercising. You should start by writing some short stories, perhaps just even a page or two, then work on gradually increasing your story length. You'll build endurance and confidence as you finish some smaller stories. Make sure that you get some feedback on your stories from a third party, such as a friend, significant other, or ...


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This is, of course, the way most aspiring authors start. Many will never get beyond Chapter 1. You might try a short story or a sample first chapter onto a public domain fiction review site. Critique Circle is a trade and publish opportunity to show your work to other people anonymously. It's divided by genre, and "Chick Lit (I never liked that name) and ...



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