Archive Yearly Archives: 2015

The 8 Rules of Naming

WhoThing and WhatHer The story takes place in an imagined world, so it doesn’t have real-world placenames. The place is inhabited by indigenous flora and fauna that are unknown on Earth, so they

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Overcoming Laziness: How the Writer Has Become Their Own Worst Enemy

People are lazy. Wait, I’ll say that in a broader sense. Nature is lazy. Now you might find this opinion piece hard to swallow if you’re a young Earth creationist, and you might even find it

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The Poet and the Mad Computer: Rules for Killer Book Titles

Data, big or small, will never write a good novel. Why? Easy Answers In so much of our daily lives, there are simple problems with simple solutions, or simple problems to which a few general rules can

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5 Reasons Why You’ll Never Be A Great Novelist (And The Reason Why It Doesn’t Matter)

There are a lot of reasons why there aren’t great novelists anymore. I’m assuming you know what I mean by a great novelist. It’s someone whose fame as a writer of fiction is justified

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10 Steps for Handling POV Like a Boss

When you’re ready to do character thoughts with sarcasm, you know you don’t need to think about POV any more. POV Like a Boss Checklist At the end of this post I’ve done a bulleted list

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Story Maintenance: How to Make Backstory More Effective

If you’re anything like me, and anything like most writers, you want your book finished. Now this is going to sound topsy-turvey, but one of the most effective ways of making your book shorter, of

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Character Archetypes: Is Your Main Character a Hero?

This is an article about a very famous book. See if you can identify it. It’s a complex story of politics and war, but although there are several factions, most of them align pretty clearly on the

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Novel Planning: Should You Write an Outline or Not?

The Tao of Story Creation Think of the story as a vague shape; a block of wood formed from your desires and experiences. Somewhere inside it is the story you want to tell. That is a different shape; it

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Story Ideas: Where Can You Find Creative Writing Ideas?

Why are you looking for creative writing ideas? Does that heading come across as a little aggressive? It will, if you feel guilty about looking for ideas. But why would you feel guilty about looking for

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Character Creation: What Characters Are Really For

You will have noticed that I take exception to deconstruction – the practice of textual analysis to find out how a story works. It’s fascinating but creatively empty. You can’t learn

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