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Character Voice Consistency
Keeping a character’s voice consistent throughout a book can be a challenge. There are a multitude of factors to maintaining a character’s voice. Keep in mind that as the character develops, the voice doesn’t change. A character’s voice at its core can best be described as a character’s personality....
Ways to Weaken Your Story from the Beginning
The beginning of your novel is super important and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Planning out the first few chapters of your novel can be difficult, so I’ve come up with a list of things you should try to avoid. For the most part, pulling from this list will weaken your story. I know there are alwa...
A NaNo Post to Get You Planning and Inspired
It always really annoys me when I see masterlists and all the links are just linked to other masterlists of links and it takes fifteen tabs to get to an actual article about whatever the question was, so all of these (unless stated otherwise on the link) lead to actual discussion of the topic, not j...
What Motivates Your Characters?
A Guide It’s a question that boggles a lot of writers because character motivation can both define and reveal who your character is. Characters have the power to drive stories, and understanding them is often the crux of writing a good plot. So, how do you figure it out? The Motivators There are a...
Actions Vs. Words: the Loud and the Quiet
  You might have an idea of what this post will be about based on the title. “Actions speak louder than words,” right? Some people are “all talk and no action,” blah blah blah—most of us have heard all those sayings before. True, all of those cliches are techniques yo...
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Writing Child Characters
A couple of weeks ago I made a post on writing teenagers, I don’t believe we’ve made a post on child characters recently. So here we go! Child characters are different to adult characters for several reasons which are stated below. However these differences should make no difference to h...
I Got 99 Problems (and Cliches in Epic Fantasy are all of them)
PROPHECY AND DESTINY Women as setting pieces or rewards Blind mimicry of J. R. R. Tolkien without the work Tolkien put in “The Chosen One” Soul mates Infodumps Blatant moral lessons Good vs. Evil The father is always the mysterious and/or missing parent Good = modeling agency hot. Evil = ugly, missh...
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Sounds of Nature (Elements and Seasons)
Water Dripping water Trickling water River water Brook Rapids Waterfall Ocean waves Storm waves Tsunami Drizzle Mild rain Deluge Thunderstorm Being underwater Being underwater in rapids Being underwater in the ocean Air Breeze through the trees Gale Tornado Gust Dust Storm Earth Walking through leav...
Some Things I'd Like to See (Part II)
(character version to go along with plot version I did earlier) More POCs. Yes, very obvious, you say, but I don’t mean just POC protagonists or POC supporting characters, but also environments, cultures, or even worlds that are predominantly POC. More LGBT*QIA. With an emphasis on B, T*, I, a...
Fighting Words
Attack Advance, assail, assault, beset, charge, drive, foray, hurtle, launch, lunge, maul, press forward, push, rush, storm, surge Break Blast, breach, carve, cleave, cleft, crack, cripple, crunch, demolish, destroy, disable, disfigure, disintegrate, divide, fragment, impair, mangle, mar, perfora...
Guide to Writing and Publishing a Book
Have you always wanted to publish a book, but don’t know how? That okay! I created a step-by-step guide that can help you put your story down on paper and get it out in the world. On my blog, I now have a Starter Kit for writing your first novel. I’ll take you through the following steps...
Writing Tips #168:How to Make the Reader Give A Damn.
Tips by: NaomiOriginally posted on: Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek. Here’s the thing about Harry Potter. Sure, the magic is great, the villain frightening and the action hard to look away from. But, do you know what really made J.K. Rowling’s series sell billions of copies? We...
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Description: The Basics
Sensory Details Descriptions are a way to suck your reader into your world. You tell them what’s going on in the world and you do it so well you make it real. In order to make it real, you need to make it feel real. You need to make your reader feel exactly what it is like in that scene. To do that,...
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Major Writing Errors: How to Fix Them
All writing advice is subjective, but there are some mistakes in writing that WILL ensure your novel’s failure, not only to your readers but to those who might be your potential agent or publisher. I’ve never really come across these mistakes when I used to review short stories for my literary magaz...
Writing the Ending for Your Story
As some of you already know, I just finished a book a few days ago titled The Glorious In-Between that contains two asexual, aromantic characters. It took me almost a week to write the ending. This has been true for every book I’ve ever written, from When Stars Die to The Stars Are Infinite. I...
Expressing Emotions Through Your Writing
Hello, I need some help on my writing. Whenever I see others writing, then see mine, they just don’t match up. It isn’t with grammar or anything, but it is struggle with showing how to express deep emotion into my writing. I am not very emotional person, so writing can be challenge when...
Save Your Computer
I have the worst luck. I’ve broken five computers and four laptops but I’ve finally learnt my lesson. After losing my work so many times, I have been great at rewriting because I’d never backed anything up. Take it from me: Even if you backup your work in one external source from your computer, back...