Author Stuff, Writing Tips

What Makes a Character Bad 

They make decisions that don't really make sense.  They're bad to be bad. They have no history. They don't want anything. There's nothing driving them forwards except you, the writer.  They're a meh character. Nothing about them is interesting. No one cares about them. They aren't realistic. Maybe they're perfect or never make mistakes or… Continue reading What Makes a Character Bad 

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How to Create a Character Profile

Anyone who is serious about writing a story, especially one with a lot of characters, should know what a character profile is - and use them. Take my fantasy series, for example, there are over 160 main-ish characters throughout the 4 books. Yes, that many! In order to keep up, and know each of them… Continue reading How to Create a Character Profile

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Tools to Help you Focus When Writing 

Instrumental music (without words/lyrics) Inspirational music A comfy but not too comfy environment No noise or other people or distractions Turn off your phone Turn off your WiFi Set a time slot for working Take breaks Have notes to refer back to in order to get started and stay on track Tell people you're about… Continue reading Tools to Help you Focus When Writing 

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How to Write Every Day

Have a set writing routine "I will write at such-and-such time every day." Have a set writing environment.  Have inspiration tools readily available, e.g. Read a chapter before writing or music or a Pinterest board! Force yourself even when you don't feel up to it. (You can always edit later.) Even writing one paragraph is… Continue reading How to Write Every Day

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How to Be a Better Writer 

Read - read a lot and often. The best writers will find time to read every day. This is because it helps you spot bad writing and good writing and learn new things for your own work. Live - I believe that good writers have lived good lives. By good I don't mean perfect, I… Continue reading How to Be a Better Writer 

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Know the Whys of your Story 

You have a great story. It's full of Acton and drama and brilliant characters, right? Well if you don't know the whys behind all of that, then I'm sorry but you're story isn't really that good.  But don't fear! Here's some why questions to ask yourself in order to get started!  Why does your character… Continue reading Know the Whys of your Story 

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How to Write Better Characters 

From our last post, you found out that the characters in your work need to be well thought through. But how do you actually make them real? How can you make them shine so that your readers truly engage with them? Well here's a few tips... Have them have many relationships (family, friends, partner, pets,… Continue reading How to Write Better Characters