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Advice on Writing Weird
Weird style, weird characters, weird content, using weird platforms, saying weird things, exploring weird themes, any combination of any of those things. Anything that is so different it makes people uncomfortable.1. Do itWeird is important. Weird is how art grows. If you have it in you, do it.2. Gi...
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are li...
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...
Writing advice you're not going to like.
People sometimes send me Asks wanting writing advice.  I suck at it.  I don’t really know how I do the writing, or how one should do the writing, or what one should do to get better at the writing.  All I can ever think to say is “write a lot of stuff and you will get better at the writi...
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...
Write your first draft with your heart. Rewrite with your head.
Grumpy writing advice of the day: commit to your descriptors, folks. Does that “rather”, “quite”, “somewhat”, “nearly” or “almost” really need to be there? Or does it just serve to avoid making a definite statement? If it’s the second...
Write and suck badly, and then write more and suck less, and then write even more and suck even less. Eventually you either hit a tipping po...
“I don’t believe in my story.”
I think this often. Apparently, so do a lot of writers. It doesn’t help that all I tend to see is how your story requires a strong message that you believe in. I tend to believe in it at first, and then see that message so often that I begin to doubt myself, and my story’s message and purpose. How c...
For all the people who ask me for writing advice...
Neil Gaiman 1 Write. 2 Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down. 3 Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it. 4 Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like th...
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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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...
One of my favorite writing reference sheets on the internet.
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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...
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You can feel good about failure. Failure means you did something. You finished the story even if it wasn’t what you’d hoped. Failure means y...