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Why “Red Queen” Wasn’t All That 

Under-developed characters: I felt that Mare Barrow (the main character) was very meh for me. She seemed bland and just an accessory for the story instead of a strong, developed, real character. I didn't care about her or her story. I didn't like her. And I just couldn't get into her person. In fact, I… Continue reading Why “Red Queen” Wasn’t All That 

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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

Writing Tips

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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Why Characters Matter 

Your characters are the ones running the story - not you. I'm sorry but your story is theirs, you can't always control what happens. Sometimes the characters need to decide for themselves. If your characters are real enough, that is... I've read books where you can definitely tell that the characters are simply tools for… Continue reading Why Characters Matter