Okay, so this isn't my everyday nighttime routine. This is more my ideal nighttime routine, or what my routine is when everything goes to plan. I'm human, meaning that I mess up like everyone else, so I can't always follow this routine to a T. However, sharing my routines with others helps keep me more … Continue reading My Nighttime Routine
Before I begin, I would like to clarify that this is my ideal morning routine. I'm only human, so unfortunately I'm not able to follow this routine everyday. This has been especially true lately, as a lot of stuff has been going on in my life, so I'm not in the best head space. But … Continue reading My Morning Routine
There are small things that we can do to make ourselves better, but just because they’re small, doesn’t mean they’re easy. The main reason why we don’t do these things is because we need to form them as habits in order to reap their rewards. The process of building up a habit takes time, but … Continue reading 5 Small Habits That Have Made Me a Better Person
Choosing a point of view, point of view characters, and tenses, can be a rather difficult thing.
Apart from my point of view characters, I find that I usually can’t choose these until I start writing my novel and experiment with them, which leaves the first few thousand words a jumbled mess.
This happened to me because, while I knew the technical differences between tenses and point of views, I wasn’t able to grasp how they would influence the way the story was perceived.
If you’re experiencing the same difficulties I was, I hope that this post will help you understand the narrative and emotional differences, so that you can choose the perfect tense, point of view, and POV characters for your story.
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There are many different ways to outline a novel, and what works for another writer might not work for you. It’s important to try out different methods, or hybrids of different methods, in order for you to figure out what works well for you.
To get you started, here are are 8 ways to outline a novel:
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One of the most frustrating things that happens to me as a writer is having a bunch of ideas in my head with no clue how to get them out.
I once heard that feeling described like this:
It’s like having a lake in your head. And you want to get that lake out, but all you have is a teaspoon to help you.
This feeling can be especially frustrating if you’re trying to plan out a story. So here are 7 ways to get those ideas out of your mind and into something tangible:
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All stories start with an idea. That idea then grows and becomes a setting, a plot, and characters. But if you don’t have the initial spark then you don’t have a story.
This can be quite frustrating when you really want to write something. Your mind is gearing itself up to create, but it doesn’t have anything to create from.
So how can you come up with ideas? Here are 5 ways:
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Warning, this blog post contains heavy spoilers for the following:
- Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
- The Sixth Sense
If spoilers bother you, don’t worry, they will be marked so that you can skip them, if you want to.
Onto the blog post!
Does a story need a plot twist to be memorable? It’s a question I’ve been considering. My first instinct was to say, “No, of course not! There are plenty of memorable stories that don’t have plot twists.”
But after giving it more thought, I’m not so sure.
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As writers we are often told that our readers should be able to sympathize with our main character, or in other words, be able to see themselves in the main character’s shoes.
However I feel that this piece of writing advice has given rise to what I call the ‘blank slate’ character.
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There will always be tropes, cliches, and stereotypes that I hate. There’s not much I can do about that, other than try to avoid writing them into my stories, and hope that others do the same.
In order to avoid writing them in the future, here are my 10 least favorite YA writing tropes, cliches, and stereotypes.
Just because there’s nothing I can really do about these tropes, doesn’t mean I won’t complain about them.
So here are 9 of my least favorite YA writing tropes:
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