The Urge To Write

The scariest moment is always just before you start. — Stephen King Although I’m not finished with planning yet, today I just had the urge to start writing my first draft. The first scene was in my head, just desperate to be poured out into words. Of course, I had my idea for the first […]

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Perfection: Is It Crucial?

You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page. — Jodi Picoult Today I feel the need to talk about perfection. This can be the presentation of your notes, planning and outlining, or writing the first draft of your story. Being quite the […]

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Planning – Part 4 (Character Profiles)

The key to creating better plots rests in a deeper understanding of character. — Kristen Lamb Alongside writing the outline, I’ve officially started on the character profiles. In my last post, I discussed the importance of how important details, like names, are to a story. Creating character profiles (including their appearance, age, values, experiences, goals […]

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Hey, it’s me.

It’s a grey, wet day in London and having spent the whole day at home with the kids, I haven’t been able to do much work…not for a lack of trying. So I thought I’d do something quick and tell you guys a little bit about myself. My name is C. Gizem Arik. I was […]

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Planning – Part 2 (The Outline)

To outline, or not to outline, that is the question. The topic of outlining seems to be somewhat controversial amongst writers. There are many successful authors, such as J. K. Rowling and Jodi Picoult, who like to have, at the least, a basic plot outline. But, there are also other successful authors, such as Khaled […]

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