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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...
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...
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Writing the LGBT Community
Writing the LGBT community can be hard, especially if you don’t know what you’re talking about. So to start off this post, here’s just a few things that are easily confused both with writers and with society in general. Being gay is not a personality trait. This basically means no stereotyping. Don&...
Guide: Timelines
Anonymous asked: You suggest a timeline a lot but how would one actually look like? You can do timelines several ways. One is to actually draw out a line and plot dates on it. You can make them online at sites like this one or in a program like Liquid Story Binder. Liquid Story Binder does a ta...
Wolf Body Language
Affection – nose-pushing; touching with forepaw; jaw-wrestling; cheek rubbing; facial licking Afraid – wolf tries to make their body smaller; ears flat on the head; tail tucked between the legs; arched back; whines or makes short, sharp barks; runs away with its tail between its legs Angry – ears er...
Focusing on the Middle of Your Novel
Many writers worry about developing the middle of their novel or they simply lose motivation when they start thinking about what to write about. Even if you know the beginning and end of your novel, it can be difficult to connect the two and build an exciting plot inbetween. The best way to begin ta...
Writing Tips #96: How To Write A War or Battle Scene in Your Novel
Tips by Stephanie J. Hale Originally posted on stephaniejhale.wordpress.com Writing about war in a novel can seem pretty daunting – especially if you haven’t experienced it yourself. War may be the main theme of your book; or war may be a just small part of your story. Even if you haven’t had dire...
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Beginning Your Story Without Info Dumps
I have a story that I dropped for a little while, but I want to pick it back up. The reason I dropped it was because I was having a problem with too much information. I have so much information that needs to go into the story for people to understand, that I’m having trouble starting it. I tr...
Useful Writing Websites
I compiled most of the writing websites I’ve mentioned on my blog into one post. I find a lot of these sites useful, so hopefully they can help you out! Imagination Prompt Generator: This give you a one-sentence writing prompt that will help you come up with ideas. I think it also allows you t...
How to Write Dialogue
Basic Structure There are a few ways to structure dialogue. These are the most common ways to structure a line, although I haven’t seen 7 in a very long time. “The dog’s outside. He’s finally stopped barking,” Anne said. “The dog’s outside. He’s finally stopped barking,” said Anne. “The dog’s outsid...
Writing References
I decided to make a reference post on most of the writing topics I’ve covered so far. If you’re looking for something specific, this might make it easier. Hope this helps! General writing posts— http://tmblr.co/Zq1MFwdYP2Q_ Ideas Worth Your Time http://tmblr.co/Zq1MFwd5V0q_ Antagonists http://tmbl...
That awkward moment when you argue with your characters.
1. Characters describing themselves in mirrors2. Broadcasting an upcoming plot twist3. Blaming bad behavior on bad parenting4. Too many inside jokes/references5. The chosen one6. C...
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...
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...
What You Need to Know Most About Character Voice
I’m kind of embarrassed to admit I didn’t have much of an understanding of character voice two years ago. I’m an English graduate, and none of my professors in college really talked about it. I think I remember learning the definition in high school and reading it briefly in a f...
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