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What Makes a Good Character

What Makes a Good Character

What is one thing that, no matter how good of a writer you are, your story will not exist without? Characters. There is no way on this blue planet that you can write a story without characters in some form or fashion. It is physically and literally impossible. But, even though characters are such a necessary part of giving life to a story, poorly written characters can kill a story just as quickly. So, how do we go about making…

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World-building: Geography

World-building: Geography

Second up in our world-building series is geography. Let’s face it. If you’re building a world for your story, it has to take place somewhere. Your characters aren’t just floating in the great abyss interacting with each other. That’d be boring. And honestly, very confusing and worrisome. Let’s say that you want to have a city as the setting for your characters. Now, this city can be medieval, modern, futuristic, minuscule, gigantic, essentially whatever you want. It doesn’t really matter….

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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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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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3 Tips for Developing Your Characters More

3 Tips for Developing Your Characters More

You’ve done it. There is a character staring back at from through all the words you’ve written. After hours of writing and planning and thinking you have a character and they are…flat. I know, I know. You tried so hard to make them something great but they just aren’t all there. Something is missing. Don’t worry. We’ve all been there and we will all be there again at some point. It’s okay. Here are three tips that can help you…

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Do I Have to Write Every Day?

Do I Have to Write Every Day?

Do you have to write every day? Can you write every day?  I know a lot of people would look at these two questions and answer “yes” to both. However, in my opinion (emphasis on opinion) the answer is “no” to the first and “only if you want to” on the second.  Let me explain why.  Athletes Need Rest Athletes have bodies honed to a near perfect physique for their sport. Even though they are trained to withstand a great…

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Help! I Have a Blank Page!

Help! I Have a Blank Page!

The blinking cursor is staring back at you. A pencil is in your hand, tapping a stuttering rhythm against the paper. You’re staring at the blank first page of your document. No matter how many times you do it, the beginning page of the anything you write will always be a fearsome opponent. I know that I have stared at the blank page before and sat there for several minutes without writing a single word. Then there are the times…

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