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Fear of New Beginnings

Fear of New Beginnings

Is there a term for the fear of new beginnings? Or perhaps it’s more a fear of endings. (I just finished reading Carrie Jones’s Need* series, in which the main character “collects” phobias and recites them when nervous or scared.) […]

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Beginnings: Way More Complicated Than They Should Be

Beginnings: Way More Complicated Than They Should Be

I’m currently flailing around trying to find the beginning of this short story. Beginnings are not a strength of mine, so they rarely start in the right place. Because I’m not big on planning, I sometimes start stories with little […]

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Clean Slate: Chapters and Bunny Trails

Clean Slate: Chapters and Bunny Trails

I used to hate writing in chapters. I could never figure out where the breaks should go. Now I love it. Each chapter is a separate staging ground. I get to start with a blank slate over and over. Since […]

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Find The Beginning

Find The Beginning

We’ve talked about choosing the next project. We’ve talked about first lines and getting started. But one of the more common mistakes writers make (or so I’ve read) is starting the story at the wrong place. I did this with […]

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