Author Archives: Diana Stout

About Diana Stout

Screenwriter, author, former English professor

7 Reasons Why I Love NaNoWriMo

I can edit for 50 hours instead of writing 50,000 new words. One hour of editing is the equivalent of writing 1,000 words. Continue reading

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October’s Glory

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group The question for this month is: What do you consider the best characteristics of your favorite genre? Because I have a number of favorite genres, that question becomes long in answering. Instead, I’m choosing to … Continue reading

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Why You Want to Be Passionate About Your Writing: (and 9 suggestions on how to find that passion)

I remember feeling lost when I began writing, especially when writing fiction. Continue reading

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Writing to Market or Writing From the Heart

Writing to market is okay, but writing from the heart is the best because I’m fully engaged and interested as much as the readers will be once I publish the book. Continue reading

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Your Purpose as a Writer

Why did you start writing? What was your purpose? Did it change over time? Continue reading

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Living in Fiction

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group The question for this month is: If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose? Living in Fiction I had to really think about this month’s question. I considered the time … Continue reading

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How to Become a Writing Maverick: aka, a task-oriented and persistent writer

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group The questions for this month are:  When the going gets tough writing the story, how do you keep yourself writing to the end? If [you] have not started the writing yet, why do you think … Continue reading

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Pssst – Wanna Learn the Secret to Writing Every Day?

I’m in a lot of online writer forums where I see the same repeated question coming from new writers. How do I find the motivation to write every day? My answer is: Use Jerry Seinfeld’s “productivity secret,” where his goal … Continue reading

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Writing Highs and Lows

Like any job, writing comes with its own highs and lows. See what this writer’s highs and lows have been. Continue reading

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An introduction

Asked to write an introduction to a Facebook writer’s group recently, Not wanting to write the usual intro composed of achievement, instead, I wrote… She steps out from the center of the crowd, several dozen individuals all clamoring for individual … Continue reading

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