The goal of the first draft — its goal — is to get your story down. Here are six suggestions that will help you do that.

1. Set a timed goal. Do you have 30 minutes to write? What about 60? Put a timer on your phone or use…


Did you just start a novel? Are you partway through it?

I started mine in August, and I’m a third of the way done with the first draft. For a while there, I had a decent daily word count going, but lately my writing has slowed down.

I recently heard…


Let’s talk goals. Specifically, writing career goals.

What are yours?

Do you want to finish your manuscript? Publish your story? Build an online presence? Great! Do you have a plan to make this happen?

No? You’re not alone. Most of us know what we want, but we don’t have a…


Writing during the holidays can seem as impossible as not gaining weight during the merriest time of the year.

But it possible. At least writing is.

No other time of the year comes with as many distractions as December. There’s shopping, parties, baking, shopping, visits to Santa, shopping, hosting…


When I was young and naïve (earlier this year), I believed I needed an agent to get published. I was aware of self-publishing of course, but that route was for writers who couldn’t get an agent.

That wouldn’t be me.

I would do everything right. I would write an engaging…


Merriam-Webster defines self-doubt as a lack of faith in oneself; a feeling of uncertainty in one’s abilities.

Self-doubt is detrimental to writers, yet we all go through it.

Why?

For starters, writing is a solitary activity. Unlike most professions where people get feedback on their work, writers usually don’t have…


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Let me set the scene. It’s May 2018, early morning. I’m doing what I do every day after I drop off the twins at school. I’m sitting in my car, writing. I have four hours before I have to pick them up again.

This is my writing time.

At the…

Jackie Cruz Wagener

writer. mom of twins. wife. phd in social welfare. i write therefore i am.

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