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How Much Do I Need to Know About My Characters?

How Much Do I Need to Know About My Characters?

Many of you have probably seen those character sheets with the numerous questions about the different aspects of your characters. When you look at all those questions, you are probably wondering why you need to know all of that stuff about your character if none of it is even going to be mentioned in your story. I mean, why do you need to know the MBTI personality, or RPG alignment, or what your character’s favorite food is? It’s not going…

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The Writing Journey

The Writing Journey

Nearly every hero has an origin story of some kind. They always start from somewhere. Usually nowhere, but it’s still a start. Now, I know a lot of people don’t think that they’re heroes or even a sidekick, who also have origin stories. But, I am here to tell you that you do have an origin story. Level 0 In the first Kung Fu Panda, Po did so horribly in the training room that Master Shifu said he was at…

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I Don’t Want to Write. Do I have to?

I Don’t Want to Write. Do I have to?

Most places you look you will see people telling you to power through when you don’t feel like writing. Writer’s block? Keep writing. Low motivation? Keep writing. No inspiration? Keep writing. In general this is good advice. You need to keep writing when you don’t feel like it. If you keep putting writing aside because you don’t feel like writing, then you will never get around to actually writing. You can liken it to learning how to walk. Just because…

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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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I Don’t Know What to Write. Help!

I Don’t Know What to Write. Help!

This has probably happened to you on more than one occasion and I know it has certainly happened to me. There are times when you just have no clue what to write. Now, this is different from not having the words. Instead, you don’t have a topic or a story. What do you do? Fiction To get your creative juices flowing, take a story or section of a story you have already written and do it from another character’s POV….

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Should I Write Fanfiction?

Should I Write Fanfiction?

I know that a great many people are on the fence when it comes to writing fanfiction. A few people I’ve talked to have said that it helped them write better while others have claimed it was cheating. So, which one is correct? Personally, I don’t think it really matters and it depends on the person who’s writing. Cons to Writing Fanfic When it comes to writing fanfiction, it is possible to become lazy in your writing. You will either…

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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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When You Don’t Like Your Writing

When You Don’t Like Your Writing

All of us can relate to this. There are times in our lives when our writing just drags us through the dirt. We look at the words that we once loved to see on the page and are filled with the overwhelming desire to pack it all in and forget it all. How many times has each of us promised to give up writing? I know it’s hard. Trust me, I really do know. But it’s not the end of…

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Pantsing or Planning: Which is Better?

Pantsing or Planning: Which is Better?

Pantsing or planning? Well, if you’ve been a part of the writing community, even for a few days, you’ve probably heard these terms. However, if you are unfamiliar with them, they are just different methods for going about plotting your story. It doesn’t matter the size of the story, both of these can be used. The question is which method is better? Well, the answer is…both. Planning With planning, the author plots out nearly every aspect of the story. From…

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Character Growth, Character Arc

Character Growth, Character Arc

               Inside of each person is a garden. When we are young this garden is ripe with the seeds of character, and through our lives some of these seeds grow and bloom. Some bloom into gorgeous flowers while others bloom into invasive weeds. Each of us, on our journey of life, make choices that decide whether we water our flowers or water our weeds, whether we pull out our flowers or pull out our weeds.                Our characters are no…

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