Writers, Prepare to Be Wrong

I agree!

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by Allison Maruska

I used to never take risks. Never. I was one of those kids who had everything in order, always got straight A’s, and did everything by the book. I figured out quickly what was expected of me and did that, which made my teachers and bosses happy, and sometimes I’d do something that made me stand out a little.

And I mean a little.

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Channel Your Characters

Great advice, thank you!

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by Franklin Kendrick

There are a lot of books and articles that talk about the craft of writing good characters, their motivations, how to give them personalities, etc. So, what’s one more added to the list? Well, this is my personal approach to writing a scene by channeling my characters. Perhaps it will help you out if you’re in a jam.

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Tip #22: All About Chapters

Excellent points

Useless Book Club

Night sky

Warning: contains extended metaphors

This tip is all about chapters. You use chapters to break up your novel. It’s a necessary evil because, if your novel flowed uninterrupted from page one to ending, you would find it very difficult to introduce leaps in the timeline, new themes or undiscovered locations.

How to create chapters

They’re not too hard to construct. A chapter is essentially a micro-novel. It has a beginning, middle and end. Approach it in the same way you would a story which stands on its own. Start from where you left the last chapter, with sudden action or unexpected/intriguing events. Draw your reader in from the outset.

The issue

But chapters create a problem. When I write, I’m always conscious of there being two types of chapter I create. It’s useful to think about them as stars and space. Imagine looking up the night sky (as with the image…

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How to Survive and Conquer NaNoWriMo

This is the only way I succeeded – NaNoWriMo is great!

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You might just want to know if you can do this. Is there time? Is 50,000 words a thing you can even do, ever? First of all: yes. Second of all, don’t think of it as writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Think of it as writing 1,667 words every day during November.

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How did they really speak in Medaeval/Tudor Times

I had to write a few scenes where Richard spoke in ‘Mediaeval speak’ and it was difficult as I knew if I tried to write how they actually spoke it would be incomprehensible.to the normal reader, so I had to make a few words ‘Mediaeval’ while keeping the bulk of it modern..  Here is an example which perfectly illustrates this. Yes, it’s from after Richard’s times, but it gives a good idea!

How they spoke 500 years ago!  It sounds so much nicer than modern English.Picture of a question mark

7 Writing Rules For Fiction

This is great advice!

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Overwhelmed by fiction-writing advice? Me too, and I’m an editor as well as a writer. Everyone and anyone who has a blog or website seems to be keen on throwing in their penny’s worth. A lot of it is genuinely good advice. But what works for them won’t necessarily be right for you.

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Top 10: Things I’ve Learned About Writing

EM Biddulph

1.   Form a Habit (It’s easier with a routine). Distractions are everywhere. There is always something else to do, somebody you need to talk to, somewhere you need to go. Finding time for writing can be difficult. So it is important to set aside some time on a regular basis. Write everyday (or, at least, as often as you can). Get up early, go to bed late, set aside your lunch hour. Regularly setting aside some time to write can help you to more easily ‘enter the zone’, pick up where you last left off, and more effectively progress to a completed manuscript. It also helps to find a dedicated writing space, if you can.

2.   Reading is Important. Reading helps to expose you to new styles, ideas, inspirations, writers, characters, images, motivations (and motives), descriptions, and more. It keeps your writing and your mind fresh, inspired, and is a…

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Make Your Readers Cry: Writing Emotional Scenes

Interesting and useful!

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I watched The Hunger Games last night. I read the book before the movie came out, and I’ve seen the movie a few times. So I obviously knew what would happen. Still, a certain scene got me.

By that, I mean it made me weepy.

I’m not usually a weepy individual, so the moment surprised me. I think the root of it was I forgot this particular scene was in the movie (I don’t think it was in the book). I’d also had a couple glasses of wine. Bad memory + alcohol = the feels (that’s not one of the tips, but maybe write it down anyway).

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How to Write With All Five Senses

Great advice presented in an amusing way

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Description With All Five Senses

This might be a little grade school for some of you. Or you might think it’s a little grade school. Frankly, I think we could all stand to be reminded. So there you go.

When you are describing something, it looks a certain way. Yes indeedy. We get that. We got it three paragraphs ago. We got the visual flavor of this city through your description of Corinthian columns, crenellated parapets, vast marble blocks that take twelve oxen a week to tow anywhere useful.

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