Tips for getting out of the insulated writing bubble (and be filled with creative ideas)

When you start on your writers’ journey it’s easy to envelop yourself in a bubble. You want to churn out as many words as you possibly can. You focus on story planning, word count and the dreaded edit. This is all good and necessary to grow as a writer, but the problem with living in …

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Newbie lesson #1 – Planning out characters.

For the past few weeks I’ve been a part of the Young Writer’s workshop - which has been awesomely put together by Brett Harris and Jaquelle Crowe. What I love about the workshop the most so far is the facebook group that is filled with the most awesomely amazing nerds ever. They all support each …

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How to incite an inciting incident.

Since I just started working on a new rough draft I get to struggle with starting strong and the inciting incident. In discussing this with someone I realized that some people are confused by the thought of an inciting incident and so I’ve decided that I want to write a post on the topic so …

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3 steps to creating character goals that won’t bore your readers

I have recently decided to give you valuable content so you see, whenever I write a writing lesson post for you I feel it’s just not good enough. After all I actually want you to learn something not just get half built second hand information.   So it wasn’t once or even twice that I …

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8 things to know before you write your first “first draft”

I’ve been talking to some young writers who would like to start a novel, and while talking to them it occurred to me how many things new writers do that keep them from finishing their first draft. Sometimes it’s because they want someone to read and give them feedback while they are writing their first …

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How to write a murder scene.

The perfect murder scene doesn't have to be bloody or outright traumatizing it just needs to get your reader to keep turning the page.  The first thing you want to do is plan what needs to happen. Who dies and who kills? Where does the scene take place? Perhaps in the woods? What is the …

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