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Writing Characters: A Case Study #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

It’s time for another posting of the Author Toolbox Blog Hop. This month I’ve decided to write about something that has been bothering me since February. Grey’s Anatomy. Specifically, the treatment of Alex Karev. I’ll preface this with: I love Grey’s Anatomy. I binge watch. I re-watch. I marathon watch with my girlfriends and select …

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Writing Conferences, Retreats and Workshops

W is for Workshops. Do you need it? Is it worth it? Everyone has their own opinion on this. Writing Retreats What is it? A weekend/week-long event where you get to be free from family, distractions, obligations and your normal routine by being in a relaxing atmosphere that allows you to dig deep into the creative …

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Understanding Character

U is for Understanding. There are characters you would love to spend more time with outside the book; books you only read for the characters; stories you stretch out just to spend more time with the characters you love. Story is important, of course, but characters… They are the reason we stick around. There are different …

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The Importance of Seeing Yourself in a Book #diversity

S is for Seeing. People are always trying to define what diversity in fiction means. Well, I read an article by Rain Sivertsen on her blog Writing Up My Serotonin and realised for the first time what diversity in fiction should mean. Here’s Rain’s guest post. “Can you remember the first time you ever recognized yourself in a book?” …

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Opening Up

O is for Opening. There’s always a debate about what makes for great and memorable stories. It’s easy enough: a story that pulls you in emotionally and won’t let go even after the book is finished. But how do you write that? There are many formulas out there on how to write a proper story. There …

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Notebooks and Other Things for Writing

N is for Notebooks. Being a writer is an exciting journey. You can write on most anything. Yet there are those who believe that there is only one right way to do your writing: on a high-end high-tech laptop (sometimes called a notebook). But that’s just silly. You don’t need tech to be a writer. You need …

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