How to Write with Intention

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Setting intentions is a powerful tool for helping us achieve writerly happiness and fulfillment. They provide us with insight to our writer self’s values, aspirations, and purpose. Our intentions allow us to live in the present moment while still aiming toward new achievements. Setting an intention is one step toward our goal. The intention, because it’s something that comes from our heart or mind, will satisfy and fulfill us as we continue our journey toward our goal.

What is an intention?

An intention is an actionable step toward a writing goal. You can have one or many throughout the day. You can repeat intentions or you can mix them up depending on your targeted goals. An intention can be purely spiritual (boosting self-confidence), it can be related to productivity (aiming for a specific daily word count), or it can be about anything you need to accomplish.

An intention should be directly related to a specific writing goal you want to attain. For example  . . . [READ MORE]

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Why you need a story hook

Approaches to Storycraft

A story hook is necessary in all forms of writing. Blog posts, news articles, short stories, novels, and letters to Santa. A hook is all about the “Story Question.” The author poses a story question, and it has to be enticing and compelling enough for readers to want to know the answer.

Readers turn pages because they want to scratch an itch—even if it takes them three hundred pages to do it. Even if it’s a quick checklist on how to more easefully run errands with a toddler—a writer’s job is to instigate an itch!

Read my latest post to learn what it takes to get that itch going in a reader so that they want to know the answer!

Have a writerly day!

Want a free guide on how to bust through writer’s block?

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Have you had a chance to read my guest post on Well-Storied about my top tips on busting through writer’s block?

This is one of the areas of creative writing mindset that I have successfully tackled in recent years, and I learned A LOT!

Did you know there are different kinds of writer’s blocks? Did you also know that writer’s block can be a misnomer and make us think we have it when we really don’t? Yeah, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Hop on over to the blog to read a few of my top tips and download my free guide to help you conquer writer’s block at the story development stage.

How to Begin Crafting Character Arcs

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Do you know where your character is right this second? Do you know where he’s going to end up? Do you have a logical, tension-filled, engaging path for him to follow?

Character arc, writers, is one of those necessary pre-writing decisions you need to make for your story. The type of character you want to portray will come through the arc you put him on. Conversely, the arc will help drive your character towards his story goal.

There are three major types of character arcs: Positive, Flat/Neutral, Negative. While there are some variations with the Negative arc, we’ll only focus on these three in this post.

 

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