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Web Links for
Draft Time: write the first draft of your novel

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If you’re looking for a place to start, give the Smarter Artist Facebook group a try.

This article from the Huffington Post, “Just Knowing These 8 Facts Will Make You Way More Productive,” is full of helpful information to improve your productivity.  Also, this article from Steven Pressfield is quite valuable.

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We also know that sitting for long periods of time isnt great for your health. For those of us who haven’t yet converted to a standing desk, here are exercises you can do to combat the ill effects of sitting.

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Take a gander and write a story: go on a quest of wonder, exploring what that world might have been like.

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Seth Godin writes this helpful piece, which is an easy metaphor for the first draft.

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This post includes some suggestions for creating more tranquility in your life, including meditation, walking, or adding plants to your environment.

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Here are two posts from Writer Unboxed that you might find useful. The first provides a list from literary agents of what NOT to do at the beginning of your novel. The second includes lessons learned from the movie True Lies.

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Read this article about a recent discovery of a Viking ship on the Mississippi River.

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Establish a Dropbox account.

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Here is a cheat sheet for translating emotions into body language.

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A guest blog post: Getting Quiet and Letting Go of Expectations

Podcast: Writing Excuses 9.27: Pre-writing

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This chart translates emotions into body language.

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Here is a blog post with a list of other circumstances when telling is preferred.

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Check out the Dover Catalog.

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You can also use Google Earth to get a bird’s-eye or street view of your setting, or consult the online Oxford English Dictionary to find out if that word you want your character to say was actually in common use in 1951.

Here is an article with several resources to help you find the details you need.

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Check out this article with five ways to manage your stress in small ways that complement one another.

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Read this blog post from Saundra Goldman about her experience in the hospital.

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If you get impossibly stuck, check out Chuck Wendig’s 25 Ways to Fight Your Storys Mushy Middle for further inspiration.

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This article has suggestions for specific problems within your novel.

Here’s another article with suggestions for technical issues with your work in progress.

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David Foster Wallace addresses this beautifully in this short video when he says, “If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything.”

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In fact, reading fiction has been shown to develop empathy.

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Here’s a great resource for writing character reactions.

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Interview with Alan Baxter by Joanna Penn.

A collection of links on how to write fight scenes.

This is a list of ten great chase scenes in literature.

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In this post, the author asks a different question: What can we do while we feel motivated to help in times when we’re not feeling it?

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Here’s a short piece from Diana Gabaldon, “How to Write Sex Scenes” or you can check out her book “I Give You My Body…” How I Write Sex Scenes.