By Joanna Campbell Slan When folks complain of "writer's block," they're often complaining that they've gotten stuck. Or that they just don't know what to write next. That can happen to any of us. Maybe you know how your book will begin. You might also know how it ends. But what will you do to fill three hundred pages in the middle? Ah, that's the rub. Suddenly, you are stuck. When I get stuck, here are some ways I get "un-stuck" -- Change … [Read more...] about What to Do When You Get Stuck While Writing Your Book
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Twice a year, my friends at RWA put together an experience that they call "BIAW." That's short for Book In A Week. Last time I participated, I wrote more than 22,000 words that week. My friend Beverly Bateman was the word-wrangler, and bless her heart, she kept cheering me on. After the first day, she emailed me to say, "Can you keep up this pace?" I sure did. We're all different. Our goals vary. We're motivated by different needs. I love … [Read more...] about Writing a Book In A Week–Can It Be Done?
By Joanna Campbell Slan School has started, and your child may be one of many who struggles with written assignments. Or perhaps you, yourself, are going back to school. Or maybe now that your kids are off to classes, you've decided to get down to the business of writing that book you've been meaning to tackle for years. I've been writing my whole life. In fact, I can't remember a time when I wasn't putting words on paper. I've also taught … [Read more...] about How Anyone Can Improve His or Her Writing Almost Instantly