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World-Building: Languages

World-Building: Languages

When most people learn a foreign language, it’s usually for school credit, work, or because they’re going out of the country. In class or however they learn, there might be a small snippet about the culture of the major countries that speak the language. While what little is taught about the culture is better than nothing, it is highly disappointing. Languages have such a profound influence on culture, and vice versa, that it needs to be explored deeply in our…

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World-building: Introduction

World-building: Introduction

Halloo, Folks! Guess what! Over the next four weeks, I will be bringing you my first blog series! In this series, we will be covering several different aspects of world-building and why they are important for your story. The different topics we will be covering are: Language Geography/Resources Religion Cultures/Traditions What is world-building? Merriam Webster defines world-building as “the art of creating a new fictional world.” Though this phrase is most often used in the context of fiction writing, this…

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3 Types of Writing

3 Types of Writing

When most people think of writing, they simply think of words on a page. Some understand a few differences between fiction and non-fiction writing, but there is more to the different types of writing than just these two. With the wealth of text that surrounds us everyday, it’s easy to ignore the subtle qualities each type possesses. For instance, you wouldn’t write a work email the same way you would write a pamphlet for the Bahamas. You also wouldn’t write…

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Why Should We Read?

Why Should We Read?

Why do we read? Why do we need to read? Okay. Yes, we do need to read just to live in this world: reading street signs, restaurant menus, our phones. Let me rephrase the question then. Why do we read books? All right, yes, non-fiction books can help us learn things, like our textbooks and literally anything else that we want to learn about. So, let me rephrase the question again. Why do we read fiction books? What exactly do…

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5 Tips for Reading More

5 Tips for Reading More

Reading. It is usually the bane of our existence, or it is the very water we breathe. Either way, chances are you don’t read nearly as much as you should or want to. I know that I definitely don’t. So, here are a few of my favorite tips on how to read more. In the morning Some of you are looking at that title and going, “I don’t have time in the morning to read.” I get that, truly, I…

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Reading for Writing

Reading for Writing

I’m sure that all writers at some point or other have heard the saying “Reading for writing” or another form of it. This thought is pretty widely accepted, but does everyone understand why it’s important? One fascinating thing about the many genres is that they are all written differently, and the readers have different expectations for each. For instance, if you were reading a romance story, you probably wouldn’t anticipate car chases and shootouts in it. And you wouldn’t expect…

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Celebration!

Celebration!

How do you celebrate? That’s an odd question, isn’t it? This is a blog about writing, and I’m talking about celebration. Okay, maybe it’s not that far-fetched of an idea. People are always saying to reward yourself or treat yourself. And I agree…to an extent. If you hit a milestone, saying writing 50,000 words, for example, then you should celebrate that. It really is an achievement. Now, if you have a chronic illness, be it physical or mental, then just…

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I’m Back!

I’m Back!

Hey everyone! So, I know that I’ve been gone for an unannounced hiatus for a bit over two, maybe three, months. Sorry about that. Life happened to get in the way, and then I took a general break from writing for a bit. That was actually really nice and helped get some things in perspective. As a result of said hiatus, I will be changing some things around. This is good news for you. There will be some new posts…

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Why am I Too Busy to Write?

Why am I Too Busy to Write?

We’ve all been there at some point. You have a certain schedule you want to stick to, a certain word count or time goal, but something comes along and messes it all up. Before you know it, you’re exhausted and you’re getting into bed without having written a single word. As you’re trying to go to sleep, you feel guilty because you didn’t write. Well, the reason you didn’t write is because it wasn’t as big a priority as the…

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When You Have Too Many Story Ideas

When You Have Too Many Story Ideas

What do you do when you have too many story ideas? That is a question I have searched several times online, and while there are many articles that have lists and tips on what to do, I have found that most of them involve some sort of vague decision making. I don’t know about you, but I went searching for answers to my problem, not more decisions to make on top of the one I had first. Now, I don’t…

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