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Member since January 17, 2017

You deserve a great book. That's why David Safford writes adventure stories that you won't be able to put down. Read his latest story at his website. David is a Language Arts teacher, novelist, blogger, hiker, Legend of Zelda fanatic, puzzle-doer, husband, and father of two awesome children.

Website: https://www.davidsafford.com

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David Safford
in The Café
09:32 am on May 4, 2019

FIXES TO FORUM ISSUES:  Hey community! We’ve been reading your feedback reporting several issues popping up in the forum. We’re sorry the software [more]

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David Safford
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09:51 am on April 30, 2019

POLL: Books you love and hate! *** this has been going around on Facebook about Walt Disney World, but I thought it could [more]

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David Safford
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08:51 pm on April 2, 2019

WORKSHOP WORD LIMIT? Hey Community! During the tour/Q&A webinar about Write Practice Pro, an important question came up about people being matched to [more]

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David Safford
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12:28 pm on April 2, 2019

WE HAVE MIGRATED.  Hey Team, We are officially migrated over to Write Practice Pro. This means that for all non-mod/admin users, the old [more]

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David Safford
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04:43 pm on March 28, 2019

Hi! My name is David Safford. I write stories. Most of them are okay. I like hiking and playing “The Legend of Zelda.” [more]

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David Safford
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04:06 pm on March 28, 2019

We’re starting! Come join us: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J9oUzdSNQO-KG9yzTYrENA

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David Safford
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01:15 pm on March 28, 2019

WEBINAR LINK! Hey everybody! I’m looking forward to seeing you in the webinar this afternoon at 4pm EST! Here’s the link to sign-up [more]

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David Safford
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10:03 pm on March 27, 2019

THANK YOU! Hey Mod team, I just want to say ‘Thank you!’ for all your help over the last few weeks.  As you [more]

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David Safford
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01:57 pm on March 8, 2019

Newsletter: 3-6-2019 I’ve recently learned that some members might not be getting our weekly email newsletters. While we figure out why, and make [more]

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David Safford
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07:52 pm on March 5, 2019

New Navigation! Be aware, Joe and the site developer have launched the new navigation toolbar in the old forum and main TWP blog [more]

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Writing and Finally Finish
by David Safford in How to Overcome Your Fear of Writing and Finally Finish
12:02 pm on May 9, 2019

If you’re not finishing your writing, it’s because of fear. Fear is far more influential than we like to think. We like to believe that we’re not succumbing to fears because we are good at goal-setting, or perhaps we stick to a writing schedule of some kind.

Yet fear is insidious. It is subtle. It speaks with voices you can’t hear, and unless you weed those voices from your psyche, they will forever impede your writing dreams.

Here’s how to overcome your fears and finish your writing with confidence!

How to End a Story: 3 Questions That Will Help You Find the Perfect Ending
by David Safford in How to End a Story: 3 Questions That Will Help You Find the Perfect Ending
01:14 pm on April 24, 2019

Endings are intimidating. They’re heavy-laden with all the narrative weight of your story. And they’re so much harder to write than we imagine when they play out in our heads.

So how do you write that rare, coveted third act that nails every beat and delivers on the audience’s hopes and dreams? How do you conclude your story, or trilogy, or series with power and poise? Let’s dive deep into how to write a winning ending by exploring three essential questions that will keep you on track as you wrap up your next story.

Middle of a Story: 3 Questions You Need to Answer to Write a Gripping Middle
by David Safford in Middle of a Story: 3 Questions You Need to Answer to Write a Gripping Middle
11:57 am on April 10, 2019

Nobody likes writing the middle of a story. Not only is the middle of a story the part where writers usually quit, it’s the part where readers quit too! The middle of a story can often feel unfocused, slow, or predictable. Sometimes even published and respected stories can feel like they lose their sense of direction and purpose in the middle.

But your story needs to be told. You need to start and finish it with confidence. And the way to write an amazing, page-turning middle to your book lies in answering three essential questions.

The 3 Questions You Need to Answer Before Writing Your Next Story
by David Safford in The 3 Questions You Need to Answer Before Writing Your Next Story
12:27 pm on March 28, 2019

It’s difficult to know what to plan for when starting a novel. Is it essential to have each and every character, scene, and key change in mind beforehand? How much, or how little, do you need?

The bad news is, no matter how much you plan, your first draft is destined to be messy. But even if you’re a pantser, there are a few key questions you should answer before you start. When you do, you’ll be building your story on a rock-solid foundation that will give you the freedom to take risks that won’t cost you a ton of time and energy in the long run.

Dreaming of a New Story Idea? Try These 3 Daylight Savings Time Writing Prompts
by David Safford in Dreaming of a New Story Idea? Try These 3 Daylight Savings Time Writing Prompts
11:35 am on March 13, 2019

In many parts of the world, people are forced to do something that is completely absurd: They give up an hour of their lives.

It’s called “Daylight Savings Time,” but it’s more like “Good Night Sleep’s Losing Time.” It’s as if Thanos came to Earth, snapped his fingers, and 1/24th of everyone’s day turned to dust.

Yet as painful as it was to wake up an hour “later” Sunday morning, Daylight Savings Time can be the inspiration to write a story in any genre, from comedic to tragic.

Writers Are Readers: Here’s Why the Books You Read Make You a Better Writer
by David Safford in Writers Are Readers: Here’s Why the Books You Read Make You a Better Writer
08:30 am on February 27, 2019

Writers are imitators. At its heart, our job is to watch the world, listen to it, feel it, and then reproduce it using the tools of language.

That is why we tend to “write what we know.” Human beings are built for input, and what we put into our minds likely comes out in our writing.

That is why it’s important to choose our reading carefully. Choose the right literature and you’ll be infinitely inspired to create wonderful work.

How to Use Three-Act Structure to Write a Story Readers Can’t Put Down
by David Safford in How to Use Three-Act Structure to Write a Story Readers Can’t Put Down
11:35 am on February 13, 2019

Ideas always feel fully formed in our minds. But when we sit down to put them into words, the struggle begins. Ideas don’t just morph into narrative form. They resist our efforts, and soon the process of storytelling becomes torture.

Thankfully there are strategies you can use to overcome the stubborn nature of an idea and successfully rise to the challenge of writing a great story.

And one of the best strategies you can use is the Three-Act Structure.

How to Keep Writing After Failure
by David Safford in How to Keep Writing After Failure
04:14 pm on January 30, 2019

Writing a great story is hard. Every author worth his or her salt knows this from painful experience. And if you’re setting out to write something worthwhile, you’re going to encounter failure along the way. But that doesn’t mean you’re a failed writer.

Despite the temptation to give up or run away from writing again, you have to keep going. You have to keep writing.

Because the reward waiting for you is priceless. Not only that, the reward can only come from failure.

And it’s the ingredient that will make your story a must-read.

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