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Make decisions and make a plan, then start writing!

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A story is nothing without conflict, so plot accordingly

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Creating a story skeleton

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What are key scenes?

Identify your genre’s expectations

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What are genre expectations?

There’s no need to reinvent the wheel; use reverse outlining instead!

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Ideas are easy — writing is hard

To keep work in its place, envision your priorities holistically

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And how I learned its connection to perfectionism

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They’re hard for a reason…until they’re easy?

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This Is Us

I’ve been fat and I’ve been thin, but I think I like myself best when I stop caring so much

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This is why everyone’s baking, if you’re confused. Also, some recipes if you’re a baker!

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Nicole Peeler

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