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How To Crush Your Writing Goals

How To Crush Your Writing Goals

Do you have a big writing goal that you’ve been trying to meet? Maybe you’re just trying to finish your first novel, or maybe you want to increase your productivity. In today’s post, I’m going to give you five steps to crush your writing goals. Crush Your Goals These are the number one steps I […]

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Why I Write In Google Docs (Instead of Scrivener!)

Why I Write In Google Docs (Instead of Scrivener!)

I used to be a die-hard Scrivener fan, and while that program is still one of the very best out there for fiction writers, I have fallen in love with writing in Google Docs. Today, I’m going to give you my top 3 reasons for why I write everything inside Google Docs now, instead of […]

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Top 10 Tips For A Successful Writing Retreat

Top 10 Tips For A Successful Writing Retreat

I just recently got back from an amazing and productive writing retreat in Hilton Head Island, and I thought it would be a great time to share with you my Top 10 Tips for a Successful Writing Retreat. I first starting going on writing retreats back in 2011 when I was doing my best to […]

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How Long Should A Self-Published Book Be?

How Long Should A Self-Published Book Be?

One of the most common questions I am asked lately is, “How long are your books?” or “How long should my self-published book be?” This is a great question, and I think there are four main things you should take into consideration when planning out the target word count for your novel. The Top 4 […]

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7 Tips For How To Stay Focused While Writing

7 Tips For How To Stay Focused While Writing

It’s hard enough some days to make yourself sit down to write, but how do you stay focused while writing? Today, I’m sharing my Top 7 Tips for Staying Focused While Writing. How To Stay Focused    Want To Get More Done? I also wanted to remind you guys that tonight is the Kickoff […]

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How To Plot Your Novel, Part Eight: What To Do If You Get Stuck

How To Plot Your Novel, Part Eight: What To Do If You Get Stuck

Now that you have an amazing plot for your novel, what do you do if you hit the dreaded writer’s block? Sometimes, no matter how much time you’ve put into plotting and planning, you will find that your characters and your story just won’t cooperate with all the scenes you’ve laid out for them. So, […]

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How To Plot Your Novel, Part Seven: Bringing It All Together

How To Plot Your Novel, Part Seven: Bringing It All Together

Now that you have the basic outline of your novel, it’s time to bring it all together. That means planning out your scenes and turning your plot framework into a cohesive story that will flow and captivate readers. I hope you’ve been enjoying this series on how to plot a novel. There’s just one video […]

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How To Plot Your Novel, Part Six: Elements of Act Three

How To Plot Your Novel, Part Six: Elements of Act Three

My “How To Plot Your Novel” video series continues today with the Elements of Act Three. In my last video, we discussed the secon half of the Second Act, leading up to the second doorway of no return. Today, we are going to talk about what happens in the final act of your story. How […]

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How To Plot Your Novel, Part Five: The Second Half of Act Two

How To Plot Your Novel, Part Five: The Second Half of Act Two

It’s part 5 of our “How To Plot Your Novel” video series, and I’m excited to talk about the second half of Act Two. Last week, we discussed the first half of the Second Act, leading up to the Midpoint or “Mirror Moment” of your novel. Today, we are going to talk about what happens […]

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How To Plot Your Novel, Part Four: The First Half of Act Two

How To Plot Your Novel, Part Four: The First Half of Act Two

Welcome back to my “How To Plot Your Novel” video series. Today, we are covering the elements of the first half of Act Two. Since the second act makes up the majority of your novel, most books and guides split it into two parts–before the Midpoint and after the Midpoint. Today, I’ll be taking you […]

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Sarra Cannon

Hi, I'm Sarra!

I have been self-publishing my books since 2010, and in that time, I've sold well over half a million copies of my books. I'm not a superstar or a huge bestseller, but I have built an amazing career that brings me great joy. Here at Heart Breathings, I hope to help you find that same level of success. Let's do this.

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