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Writing advice debunked

Writing advice. One things all writers are more than ready to dish out. But there are certain pieces of writing advice that you always hear- you can never seem to get away from it. I'm always in two minds about writing advice, especially ones I see frequently. Because while they can be useful, they can… Continue reading Writing advice debunked

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The importance of character traits and flaws

One of the difficult parts of writing is creating three dimensional characters your readers can relate to. Now, writers go about this in different ways- some prefer to fill out things like character questionnaires or the Myer Briggs personality test. Others prefer to leave the character a blank slate and fill in gaps as they… Continue reading The importance of character traits and flaws

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The evils of a first draft, and why they’re not as bad as you think they are

Your first draft is the first step in producing a finished novel, and for most writers it's the hardest step to make. It's not just having to come up with a great story idea, great characters and a great setting. It's trying to puzzle together all your plot points into a seamless story. And it's… Continue reading The evils of a first draft, and why they’re not as bad as you think they are

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How I use my bullet journal for writing

I feel a little hypocritical typing this blog post, because while I have a bullet journal, and set it up monthly, I've rarely been using it. (I'd like to take a moment to blame my pregnancy here...) For those of you who don't know, a bullet journal is a sort of notebook//planner/diary mash up that… Continue reading How I use my bullet journal for writing

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The problem with plot bunnies

It's one of the curses all writers dread. The inevitable attack of the plot bunnies. Ideas can come out of nowhere. From overhearing a conversation, from seeing a really inspirational photo, from talking to your kids about bees. Thanks kids. Concentrating as a writer is hard enough. With the stress of writing something decent, deadlines,… Continue reading The problem with plot bunnies