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My Characters Got Knocked Out - The Annoyingly Convenient Plot Device
Have your characters been knocked out, chloroformed, or gone into some state of unconsciousness in your novel?  Well, isn’t that convenient, interesting, exciting?! Eh… I don’t know. I never say don’t do something because there’s always a case where it actually works,...
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Writing Characters That Make Your Story Come Alive
Writing characters is tough. Writing the right character for your story is even tougher. Here’s a few quick tips to kick your characters into high gear: Don’t plan too much. Sure, it’s great if you know your character’s favorite color, but over-planning in my case has always lead to failing characte...
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How to Get Back to Writing-
Now this is straight from experience. If you haven’t written anything in a little while it is hard to get back in the swing of things. Everything you write feels a bit contrived, a bit desperate, but you know what, that’s okay. I had to take a few weeks off while traveling and when you go from writi...
Write your first draft with your heart. Rewrite with your head.
Xtreme Culture Questionnaire
For anyone doing some hardcore world-building. Religion What - if any - deities are there? What do they do? Is there an important manuscript? How did the world begin? What - if anything - happens after death? What - if anything - will end the world? Are there holidays? How do people worship? Where...
What Writers Should and Shouldn't Do
I wanted to write posts on writing about asexual characters and tying in subplots, but those are going to take more brain power than I have right now. However, what I can give you are simple tips of what you as a writer should and shouldn’t do, just to protect your own sanity. Being a writer i...
Information on Panic Attacks
How to write panic attacks if you have never experienced one? I understand the symptoms, but trying to get into the mind set is a lot harder than just understanding what is meant to be felt. - Anonymous  I understand what you mean, specially since you can’t always trust the information you ...
Building a Religion
Religion is as old as the human ability to communicate, so if you’re creating your own world, then this is something you should definitely include. However, building your own religion isn’t easy - especially building several if you want to have a fully fleshed out, diverse world. This po...
Dialogue and the "said" rule
By  Martyn V. Halm The main reason for the ‘said’ rule, is that 'said’ is invisible.  If you write a whole page of dialogue, readers need to be able to distinguish between the speakers. There are several ways of doing that: Action tag: Peter threw the mug across the kitchen. &ldqu...
11 Plot Pitfalls – And How to Rescue Your Story From Them
Source: [X]By: Laura WhitcombWe’ve all been there: basking in the glow of a finished manuscript, only to read it over and realize something is wrong with the plot. Finding ourselves unable to identify the problem only makes matters worse. But take heart! Here are some common plot gaffes and sensible...
Let's Talk Sub-Plots and Character Arcs: Time to Work on Character
Now, if you’ve read my post “How to Plot A Complex Novel in One Day,” here’s your next step. It’s character day! Now let’s think about those characters you came up with. You know a little bit about them, but now let’s look deeper, get them more rounded out s...
One of my favorite writing reference sheets on the internet.
Writing Tips: Pacing your Story
Be aware of how syntax can affect a story.  Longer sentences that flow and offer a ton of imagery tend to be slow and at times, even lulling. Shorter sentences tend to come across as swift and brisk. Keep in mind that sentence variation is always critical in a story, but be aware of how shifting th...
One of my most frequently-offered pieces of writing advice
“The equine steed haughtily crested the gently-rising berm.” No. The fucking horse came over the fucking hill. If that isn’t interesting enough within the context of your story, your story cannot be rescued by savaging a perfectly innocent thesaurus to death and cannibalizing its c...
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How to Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working Toward Your Goals
James Clear writes at JamesClear.com, where he shares ideas about using behavior science to improve your performance and master your habits. For fresh ideas on how to live a healthy life — both mentally and physically — join his free newsletter. We all have goals and dreams, but it can...
Basic Horror Writing Guide
Genre: What is Horror? Horror is a genre with the intention of scaring the reader. Sub-genres: Aliens: Think Signs or The Fourth Kind. This genre crosses over with science fiction, but is primarily horror because it focuses on the fear people have for the extraterrestrial. Creepy Children: As the t...
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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Submitting a Manuscript: Writing a Covering Letter
Many writers aspire to have their novel released via a publishing house after or instead of self–publishing, but have no idea how to approach the subject appropriately. When submitting your manuscript, it’s necessary to write a covering letter that is sent either before or alongside your work. It’s ...