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female characters should be like the heads of the dreaded hydra. if you take one away, seven more must come back in her place.
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writing tip #920:
pick an adjective, any adjective. use this adjective right before a character dies, and only then. soon, your readers will start to associate the adjective with emotional trauma. end your story happily. then have the last word be that adjective
writing tip #1227:
avoid writing as best you can
writing tip #954:
nothing will break your readers like chapters written from the pov of other characters who don’t yet know their beloved protagonist has died
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,...
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...
Dialogue Should Move the Story Forward, Provide Information, or Enhance Characterization, Unless You’re Really Witty The best dialogu...
Let’s talk about starting to write
A lot of first time writers come up with a great idea for a story but have no clue on how to start writing it. In this post i will try to give a couple of pointers on how to do just that. But first let me point out that there is no one way on how to begin your novel. I do not claim that how i do it ...
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
No Plot, No Problem: How to Write Without A Clue Where it's Going
Now, I’ve been talking a lot in the past few weeks about planning novels and I just want to remind everyone, novels don’t necessarily need to be planned! Not at all. In fact, a good number of writers hate planning. It’s completely understandable. I don’t blame ‘um. So, ...
How to Plot A Complex Novel in One Day (It WILL take all day)
Now first, I have to say, that the plot you’re able to come up with in one day is not going to be without its flaws, but coming up with it all at once, the entire story unfolds right in front of you and makes you want to keep going with it. So, where to begin? What is your premise and basic pl...
Seven Deadly Fight Scene Sins
Below, we’ve listed some common sins that can detract from enjoyment of a fight scene. As always, rules are made to be broken. It’s also worth understanding something, before you try though. Why Are You Thinking? We Should Be Fighting! When working on a fight scene, it’s best to write the sequence ...
writing tip #750:
never, ever use the e-word in your writing. does your character have green e***? no. they have verdant orbs,  leafy pools, bright emerald fields resting on their face
writing tip #1172:
instead of write bad write good instead maybe
writing tip #1314:
historical fiction is just regular fiction with more candles and no wifi
writing tip #279:
write a horror story from the point of view of the protagonist’s absent common sense
writing tip #596:
struggling to kill off your favourite character? just imagine your future fans’ shocked faces as they read their final actions and laugh manically like the sadist you are
writing tip #762:
write with your heart. cut it out of your body and slam it against the keyboard