Bite Sized Advice

Your story’s emotional structure is just as important as the external/action structure.

Things that the MC is feeling emotionally can cloud his/ her judgement, and cause them to make bad decisions.

Bite Sized Advice

Make your main character face their most crippling fear. It’ll make or break them and either way you have a powerful story.

Let Your First Draft Suck

I learned a lot during NaNoWriMo last year. Most of the things I learned can be applied in our daily writing so I want to expand on some of the ideas that I came across as I was pounding the keyboard. Today I’m focusing on the first thing I learned: something every writer preaches but hey, sometimes you have to actually experience something before you’ll believe it.

It’s your first draft: let it suck!
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Italics – Yay or Nay?

Someone in a Facebook group I’m a part of asked a question recently. She was wondering whether we used italics ‘to empathize a word, or a thought.’  Her comment was met with mixed thoughts especially from all of us, so I want to take a moment to explain how I feel about italics. I’ll briefly touch on the two ways of using italics that came up during our discussion.

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Removing the Clutter

I saw a post on tumblr talking about removing ‘extra’ words from your writing and it sparked this post. I’ve been seeing a lot of these posts on tumblr, by well meaning writers on how to make your writing look professional and clean. Objections to each and every post have boiled up in my mind as I remember when I was a younger writer and I was struggling to merge the lanes of writing advice.  I would like to start by saying: take everything I say and every other writer says by a grain of salt. Whether they are published or not.

What makes a passion or job like writing so difficult is that it is a creative process. There aren’t any rules, there isn’t any scale by which your stories worth can truly be matched. All you have to do is transfer the basic idea and scene of what’s in your mind into another person’s mind. Translation? With decent grammar, spelling, gumption, and imagination you, anyone, can, in theory, be a writer.

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Defeat those Writing Expectations


When you’re reading writing tips, advice or other writer’s experiences keep in mind that what works for them may not work for you. .There isn’t any one size fits all, we’re all different.

There isn’t a formula to getting to getting your story out of your head and onto a page. How you choose to do it is unique to you. Don’t beat yourself up if you find out that a method that worked for a bestselling novelist doesn’t work for you.

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