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L.M. Merrington is an author, freelance writer and consultant. Her books include two Gothic mysteries, Greythorne and The Iron Line, and a non-fiction communications handbook, Communications for Volunteers: Low-Cost Strategies for Community Groups. She lives in Australia with her husband Tristan. For more information visit www.lmmerrington.com, or follow her on Facebook. ...more

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L.M. Merrington Just write. It's so easy to get caught up with all the trappings of writing or to get too far ahead of yourself and think about publishing options whe…moreJust write. It's so easy to get caught up with all the trappings of writing or to get too far ahead of yourself and think about publishing options when you haven't yet got a full manuscript. Get into some sort of regular rhythm, whether that's every day or however often you can manage, and just keep going. Even 100 words per day is 100 words more than you had yesterday!

And once you've finished the first draft, edit, edit, and edit some more. Then get someone else to read it, edit it, and then use the services of a professional editor. I find that editing and rewriting takes up about three-quarters of my total time spent on a book. It's also why you shouldn't worry about getting the first draft perfect - you can always fix it in editing, but you can't edit a blank page.(less)
L.M. Merrington Brute force. For me it's really just a matter of getting my act together and pushing through. I do have a couple of specific techniques I use to encou…moreBrute force. For me it's really just a matter of getting my act together and pushing through. I do have a couple of specific techniques I use to encourage myself when I really don't feel like writing - I do 20-minute writing sprints (it's easier to convince myself to write for just 20 minutes, and by the time I've finished one I'm usually on a roll again), or sometimes I step away from the computer and write by hand for a while. I find it's a much more organic process and can help get through the blocks.(less)
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Greythorne

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The Iron Line

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