“Stories fueled by intentions never reach their boiling point”: Writing advice from Bret Anthony Johnston

Do you write with a strict outline or a loose concept?

While there’s no right or wrong answer there are pros and cons to each strategy. A strict outline can keep your thoughts on track and provide you with motivation even when writer’s block may hit. And a general concept might be too broad and leave you without a narrative arc. However, being strict with your outline can give you tunnel vision and you might be missing out on a new, more truthful path for a character, which is something a loose idea lets you play around with.

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Are You Making Time To Write Or Wasting It? What Are You Afraid Of?

The internet can be a great source of information and a great time waster. It happens to me every time I check Publishers Marketplace or write a blog post. One thing leads to another and before you know it the time you set aside to work is over. Is it simply procrastination or avoiding bigger projects?

(Ironically, I realize that many writers read agent, author and editor blogs which keeps me motivated not to waste anyone’s time when I post!)

My tips:

Physical restrictions. Turn off the wifi on your laptop so even when you habitually click on Safari or Firefox you can’t get anywhere. If you must turn the wifi back on ask yourself if it is 100% necessary. Continue reading Are You Making Time To Write Or Wasting It? What Are You Afraid Of?