Guest post by Samuel Mahaney
As my 35-year Air Force career came to an end, I began to think of college days when I wrote poetry and prose during my spare time. My plan then was to continue writing throughout my adult life. Well, life as a husband, father, Air Force pilot, Georgetown Capitol Hill Fellow, Harvard National Security Fellow, lawyer, and Two-Star General didn’t agree with my aspirations to write during my spare time, because, well, I didn’t have any spare time.
As the light at the end of the tunnel—retirement—approached, I decided I would write full time as a second, post-Air Force, career. When I told friends and family, some of them gave me the look. You know, the one that sarcastically conveys, "Yah, sure you are, sport."
High school writing classes teach us many lessons. We develop foundational skills that we apply for the rest of our lives—and sometimes that's not such a great thing. Fiction writers, particularly, spend time un-learning lessons from high school.
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You may or may not have heard of decision fatigue, but you have no doubt felt it. Decision fatigue refers to the exhaustion we feel after making so many large and small decisions over the course of the day.
Those in positions which involve more decision-making are of course more prone to this phenomenon. A 2011 study found that judges were likely to deliver harsher rulings later in the day.
But decision fatigue impacts everyone. Think about how many decisions you make every day. What to wear, what to eat for breakfast, how you want your coffee, whether to stop for gas, how to greet your coworkers, which task to start first, what language to use in an email... The list goes on.
The narrator is one of the least utilized storytelling tools. A strong, unique narrator can add another layer of depth to your story. Let's talk about types of narrators and how to craft yours.
Whether you've completed your first novel-length draft or your twentieth, penning those final words is a rush. You've dedicated an incredible amount of time and energy to your manuscript, and finally reaching the end of the story can be emotional and amazing. But it can leave you asking a simple question:
Let's review a few simple steps every writer should take after completing a draft.
I live in East Tennessee, and I spend a lot of time hiking and backpacking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We have a saying: Hike your own hike.
Whether you're a new writer just learning the basics or an advanced writer exploring different methods of storytelling, it's worth taking some time to examine your choice of point of view (POV). Most writers have one POV they feel the most comfortable with, but that doesn't mean it's the best choice for every story.
Let's go over the different POVs and the pros and cons of each.
Time management is crucial to productivity. After all, we reveal our priorities by how we spend our time. But sometimes it feels like there's just not enough time to go around. How often have you heard or said, "I wish there were more hours in the day"
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Scrivener 3 is the latest update to the Scrivener writing application. It's a major update, which means 1. there are lots of awesome changes and 2. this is a paid update. However, current users can get Scrivener 3 for a discounted price—more about that below.
First, let's talk about my favorite Scrivener 3 features and updates!
Writing tends to follow a cyclical pattern. Anybody who has been writing for a significant amount of time knows that it's difficult—or impossible—to sustain a very fast writing pace for a long period of time. Events like National Novel Writing Month can help motivate writers to knock out a large chunk of words very quickly, but at the end of that month, it's normal to feel like you just can't write any more words—to feel drained
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