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As we head into this year’s holiday season in New England, it’s kind of hard to imagine Santa’s sleigh going anywhere because it’s so, well, warm, kind of balmy even. So instead of hunkering down by the fire with your eggnog and waiting for the year to end, write! Dead Darlings has some good posts to help you get started.

Do Your Research

Novels often require research. In Your Research is Showing, Lissa Franz has some excellent advice on how to handle the complications of doing all that research.

Create a World, Perhaps a Magical One

Magical worlds open up so many possibilities. Carol Gary in The Lure of Magical Worlds writes about her obsession with magic, and why that’s not such a bad thing.

Finish Your Novel on Your Own Terms

Writing a novel is hard, and completing one is even harder. Susan Donovan Bernhard in To a Troubled Writer on Thanksgiving has some great tips on squelching that self-doubt that can prevent us from finishing.

Keep Reading. Keep Writing

Kelly Ford in Turning Points has a moving piece on what the point is to all of this seemingly pointless writing we all do.

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