Nanowrimo Blogathon recap

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I did it! If you haven’t been following me, this month I decided to do a blog post a day for the entire month of November. A blogathon, if you will. I thought I’d talk a bit about that today, because why not? It wasn’t easy Well…That’s partly a lie. There were a few posts […]

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Write What You Know

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Today’s post is about a piece of writing advice that’s right up there with “Show, don’t tell,” as far as things people tell novice writers but don’t really explain. What conclusions would you draw if someone just told you to write what you know, but didn’t explain what it meant? I think most people assume […]

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How to Maintain Suspended Disbelief

When I first started writing this post, I kept trying to come up with examples of why it’s important to maintain your reader’s suspended disbelief. I wrote a bunch of drafts and deleted them all because they were either too complicated or too boring. And then I remembered this: See the Starbucks cup? That’s what […]

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A Few Thoughts About Travel Writing

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I honestly went back and forth on this one a bit. Like…I don’t know about you, but I haven’t gotten to travel much this year. I doubt I’ll do any next year either. It’s just the state of the world right now. I love, love travel stories and documentaries, though. I grew up on Rick […]

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Things to consider if you’re writing a memoir

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I feel like memoir is often a gateway into writing for older people. They’ve lived a long time and seen a lot, and they want to share their stories with the next generation. Memoir is a better vehicle than an autobiography, at least to me, because a good memoir has a similar structure to a […]

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Bad Showing

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I had planned on rewriting my first Show and Tell post for you all today, because some of my older posts need updating, but I think the OG Show and Tell is fine as-is. I couldn’t come up with a reason to give it a complete overhaul, although I should go back at some point […]

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Why Your YA Book Might Not be YA

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For whatever reason, I’ve been seeing people in writing groups talking about their YA (young adult) novels, but there’s a problem. When they actually get to the heart of their question, it turns out that their novel isn’t actually YA. It bothers me just a smidge, partly because I’m pedantic, and partly because I live […]

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Research for Character Development

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Earlier this month, I wrote a sort of general post about research for fiction writers. Today, I want to follow up and get a little more specific. Let’s talk about how to research certain aspects of character development, specifically things like disabilities, mental illness, and other traits that your characters might possess, but you do […]

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Worldbuilding

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I mainly write in the fantasy/sci-fi/speculative range, so worldbuilding is a massive part of my writing. Now that my rough draft is finished, I’m researching and brainstorming ways to refine my setting and really make it seem alive. I thought I’d share a few of those tips with you all today. First of all, what […]

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Deep POV

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I feel like point of view and narration are things I’ve neglected so far. I’ve talked about different aspects of character development, but I don’t think I’ve really gone into detail about POV. Today, I want to share one of my favorite narrative styles, deep POV. Let’s start with the basics Deep POV is a […]

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