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What methods can I use to pinpoint my own stylistic choices?

Fiction writing has a lot of stylistic differences from an category of formal writing, and is too individual to ALWAYS pinpoint "good style" versus bad style. However, even for someone ...
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How to get over a long break from writing?

The obvious but always true answer is that if you think you want to write, sit down with your keyboard and start to write. Some would-be writers use excessive preparation as an excuse to delay writing....
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How long should it take to write a book for children (early middle grade)?

The big question is how much time a day you have to write, the speed at which you draft, and your target word count. Then you have to take into account potential interruptions to your schedule, both ...
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How to stop rewriting?

While it is possible to take it too far, in general rewriting more is good. One common piece of advice to writers is "Write less, rewrite more." As with most good things, it is possible to ...
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How to stop rewriting?

I've only recently started writing, after daydreaming forever, and one of the things I've noticed now that I'm writing things down, is that my daydreams are all over the place! I thought they were ...
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I have three dead-end chapters. Should I keep them or remove them?

An alternative explanation is that three opening chapters of struggle followed by one with success violates the classic plot arc of: (Bad) Problem (Good) Quick Win Looks Like It Will Work (Good -> ...
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How to stop rewriting?

Some thoughts: 1 If you write without an outline (that is, you are a "pantser" or "discovery writer" who disovers the story as they write), having to rewrite earlier chapters when ...
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How to stop rewriting?

You appear to be describing a lack of concrete direction, your question doesn't make it clear if you started with a particular story you wanted to tell but it does look like you didn't stick to that ...
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How long should it take to write a book for children (early middle grade)?

While you might have a time frame that you strive to finish your novel at, you should always work at your own pace. I started an upper-middle grade novel with a plan to have it finished and publishing-...
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How long should it take to write a book for children (early middle grade)?

As long as it takes. Physically writing down the words is the only one that can even be estimated. After that, there's having the original idea, working out the details, revising as needed -- if you ...
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How long should it take to write a book for children (early middle grade)?

1 Middle Grade books are supposed to be between 25,000 and 75,000 words long. Professional writers of fiction write between 500 and 20,000 words per day. It should therefore take you between 150 and ...
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What methods can I use to pinpoint my own stylistic choices?

The technique for identifying strong and effective writing is called critical reading. It’s also the same technique used for identifying ineffectual writing. Learning critical reading skills can be ...
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