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    Character Creation,  How To,  Writing Tips

    How To Write a Character

    Characters are what give your story life. They are what the reader connects with and what they remember most. Learning how to write a character can be the most essential information for any aspiring author. That being said, in this post, we’ll look at what’s critical to do before you even start, and how to properly write characters in your stories. Know Your Character Before you begin writing your character, you should get to know them. After all, how can you write someone you know nothing about? The better you understand who the character is, how they act, and how they grew up, the better and easier you’ll be able…

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    How To,  Productivity,  Writing Tips

    How To Be a Productive Writer

    Many writers can understand the frustration of staring at a blinking cursor. You may have ideas but just can’t get yourself to type. For many reasons, a lot of writers tend to struggle with staying productive. As someone who has dealt with this for years, I’ve come up with a list of the biggest mistakes writers make that hinder productivity and five ways you can get more writing done. Biggest Productive Mistakes Writers Make The three main mistakes writers make when it comes to productivity are over-editing, being unorganized, and not writing ideas down. Over-Editing When drafting a novel or any writing, your focus should be on getting words down…

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    How To Write an Entire Novel in One Year

    Writing a book is one of many people’s New Year’s Resolutions, but by the end of the year—no book is finished (or sometimes even started). I know I’ve done this many times, and I think part of the reason is that writing an entire novel in one year seems undoable. It’s a lot of work, you may not even know where to begin, and that’s why many people are unable to check it off their list. However, writing a book in a year is entirely possible, and it’s not as hard as you may think. That is why, I’ll be showing you exactly how to go about doing it, and…

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    How To Write a Great Antagonist

    For every captivating hero, there is an equally enthralling antagonist. To have a powerful main character requires a seemingly unstoppable force they must beat. And this is why writing a strong, fascinating antagonist is vital to an exceptional story. Without a strong antagonist, you cannot have a strong story. The antagonist is the source of most (if not all) of the conflict for the main character. They are there to build suspense, add a new perspective, and (usually) defeat the protagonist. Unfortunately, the antagonist can fall flat when the author writes the character solely as an opposing force to the protagonist. Without giving the antagonist their own background and personality, they…

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    Writing Techniques to Take Your Writing to the Next Level

    If you feel like you’ve plateaued as a writer, and you know your work is missing something or could be better, but you’re not sure how to improve it, you’ve come to the right place. In today’s post, we’ll be looking at places where writing tends to fall short, and how you can use simple writing techniques to quickly improve a story. Create Well-Rounded Characters Characters. The foundation of any great story comes down to the characters you create. You may have the most wonderful story idea and may write with excellent detail using great writing techniques, but if your characters are flat, your story will never be strong. There’s…

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    How To Start a Story to Captivate Readers

    Turning a blank page into a magnificent 30,000-word story is a feat not easily won. Staring at the blinking cursor just waiting for you to type, is beyond frustrating and demotivating. And, knowing where to start a story, or rather, how to start is something many writers struggle with. But, to understand how to begin a story, we first have to look at why the first page is so critical to a successful story. Though most important information, exciting details, and any major plot points take place in later chapters, the first chapter, first page, and even first paragraph can be far more major. The number one reason why the beginning of a story…

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    How Writing a Novel Will Transform You and Your Life

    Writing a novel is on many people’s bucket lists, but few actually get to cross it off and mark it done. Such a feat can take years to accomplish, and the finish line frequently seems to drift farther and farther away. Completing the daunting challenge of writing a novel doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful, though. And, if you want to buckle down and finish a book finally, you can check out my post detailing the entire writing process broken down into seven simple steps. Once you complete your novel, you may find yourself completely or slightly transformed; the power of writing is incredible. Completing a novel comes with…

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    How To Plan a Story Plot + Best Apps to Use

    Often, the most challenging, frustrating part of writing a story is developing and planning the plot. Not only must you decide what happens in the story and how it ends, but you also need to properly pace the plot—that is, decide how long each event lasts, how fast the story progresses, etc. When I develop a story’s plot, I like to break the process into three steps. Yes, that’s it—three steps is all it takes to form a complete and detailed plot. And, in the end, if you use this method, it will leave you with the perfect outline so you can begin the actual writing process, pitch your story,…

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    How To Brand Yourself as a Writer

    Creating a solid brand as a writer is one of the most essential parts of breaking into the industry. When people hear your name or see your work, they should be able to tell that you are a writer. The more detailed your brand is, the easier it will be to connect with your potential audience. It can be tricky to create a brand as a writer, and many beginners have trouble knowing where to begin. If you find yourself unsure of creating a brand as a writer, you’ve come to the right place! And, be sure to read until the end so you can receive a free printable quick-guide…

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    Productivity,  Writing Tips

    Learn How To Organize Writing for Authors & Writers

    Keeping your work organized is a necessary (albeit frustrating) part of being a writer. To organize writing means staying on top of your work and not let any story get lost in the idea abyss. When you look back for that one story you started writing a year ago but never stuck with, you’ll know where it is, your vision for it, and where to pick up. Keep reading to learn how to organize writing so your creativity can be as smooth a process as possible. Organize Writing Before you begin writing, it’s a good idea to set up the organization system you plan to use. You don’t have to…