Writing fiction in layers results in more speed and less frustration

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By Model Land Company, Everglades Drainage District (Everglades Digital Library) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons By Model Land Company, Everglades Drainage District (Everglades Digital Library) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Last week it struck me:  I’ve rarely read an article on how to write fiction—more specifically, how to actually put words down on the page!

When I started writing fiction regularly about eight years ago, I read many books and articles to help me create great plot, make dialog realistic, and strike the right balance between “show” versus “tell”.  I thought I was reading books and articles on how to write.  But instead I was actually reading books and articles on how to create great plot, how to make dialog realistic, and how to strike the right balance between show versus tell.

As a novice writer I’d sit at the keyboard for a couple hours and squeeze out two well-polished paragraphs that read as though they came straight from a book on…

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