Category: writing articles

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How to save an author’s life with book reviews.

A simplistic guide on writing helpful book reviews;For readers who don’t know what the hell to say, or don’t have the time to say it. I know some of you are reading Our Bloody Pearl, so I wanted to take a moment to talk about reviews! Why should you write reviews for books you enjoy?  Any positive review, no matter how short, benefits the writer by … Read More How to save an author’s life with book reviews.

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Plotting a Story: Filling in the gaps.

When you struggle to connect the main plot points. Fore word: This is how I do the thing. It’s not the only way to do the thing, nor the “right way,” just one way, which happens to work really well for me. I hope it helps you too, but if it doesn’t, there’s still a good method out there for you. Don’t give up; keep … Read More Plotting a Story: Filling in the gaps.

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Why is passive voice (and past progressive tense) “bad”?

First off, I have to put a disclaimer here because I tend to rope past progressive tense into passive voice, because they both rely on “to be” verbs a lot, and because I’m lazy. I’ll talk about them both separately for once. 1. Passive voice can lead to confusing sentences. In non-grammar jargon, passive voice often makes it so the “thing doing the stuff” comes … Read More Why is passive voice (and past progressive tense) “bad”?

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Mary Sue Stories: Why your Mary Sue and Gary Stu should(n’t always) go.

Most of us are quite familiar with the term, but if you’ve heard it passed around without a proper definition, a Mary Sue is a (traditionally female) character who’s known for being flawless. She’s powerful, beautiful, intelligent, more skilled than her peers, gets herself out of every bad situation with ease, (usually wowing a crowd of bystanders in the process), and ever other character in her age range … Read More Mary Sue Stories: Why your Mary Sue and Gary Stu should(n’t always) go.

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Writing the Beginning of a Story: The First Act.

How to start a novel, set up your plot and characters, and get onto the heart of the story! I’m writing this under the assumption everyone’s seen these three articles already, so be sure to take a look at them: A Killer First Chapter Establishing the Status Quo How does pacing work? Other things you should be aware of… The inciting event(s.) The inciting … Read More Writing the Beginning of a Story: The First Act.

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Our Bloody Pearl – Cover Reveal

After a year of voiceless captivity, a bloodthirsty siren fights to return home while avoiding the lure of a suspiciously friendly and eccentric pirate captain. You have all been waiting so patiently for the cover reveal and I’m exceedingly proud to finally display it! Presenting…       It’s been a wild ride getting to this point, and I couldn’t have gotten here without … Read More Our Bloody Pearl – Cover Reveal

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A Look at Negative Character Development.

What is negative character development? It’s incredibly hard to define. Some writers relate it to moral decline. Some apply it to areas where a character returns to a way of life they had at one point developed out of. Other writers don’t like to use the term at all. There’s another way to look at it though, a way which I think is a … Read More A Look at Negative Character Development.

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Describing Nature

(Tips to help you tackle the outdoors without ever leaving your home.) The forest for the trees. When describing any setting, especially potentially spacious settings such as expanses of nature, you have two major components: the big picture (the forest) and the little picture (the trees). It’s generally best to start with one and move toward the other. Here’s a very crude example: Big to … Read More Describing Nature

I finished draft five of Iron From Fire a little while ago. Have a mysterious golden-haired stranger to celebrate… Goldie shuffled backward, but their high, brown boots caught in the brush as they tried to stand. Their hood fell and a halo of curly golden hair sprang out. Immediately, they yanked the fabric up again. Vasha scowled at them. “What do you want from me!” “Nothing.” … Read More

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Writing Engaging Antagonists

Before we get started, I want to clarify two things: – Antagonists can be of any moral alignment. They can be also be non-human things, such as monsters, nature, inner demons, etc. The antagonist is simply the primary thing your protagonist fights against. – For the course of this article I will be talking about villainous antagonists who are human or human-like. You could … Read More Writing Engaging Antagonists

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Writing Sibling Relationships

Some things to think about when developing your siblings relationships.

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Conveying Worldbuilding Without Exposition

How to present your readers with a world that’s interesting and different from our own in a way that’s both immersive and understandable at the same time.