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Yesterday, we talked about words that we didn't like to use. Each writer has words he dislikes, but sometimes those words are exactly what is needed. As writers, it can also be tempting to use words that mean a very specific thing. Now, I am not opposed to this at certain times, especially if the writer uses this words naturally in speech, but big words can be something that obscures rather than clarifies for the reader.

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10 months, 1 week ago

Today is day 19. The final edit of the book is finished. It is now time to send the book off to the copyeditor.

If you are unaware, I am taking on a unique goal for National Novel Writing Month. Most people will write the first draft of their novel when they go into national novel writing month, but I wanted to take it a step further. Instead of only writing the first draft of a book, I wanted to take that book from its initial idea to publication.

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10 months, 1 week ago

Today is day 18. Yesterday I was able to complete half of the edit of the book. Today, I will be finishing the edit.

If you are unaware, I am taking on a unique goal for National Novel Writing Month. Most people will write the first draft of their novel when they go into national novel writing month, but I wanted to take it a step further. Instead of only writing the first draft of a book, I wanted to take that book from its initial idea to publication.

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10 months, 1 week ago

Some words sound gross (gross!). Some words are annoying. They don't roll off the tongue. They are overused, etc. . . There are a lot of reasons why a writer might want to disregard some words. Some of these reasons are better than others. In this episode of How to Write Good, we are going to be talk about words you dislike that you might not want to blacklist forever. Every part of language is useful, and I think we need to remember that.

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10 months, 2 weeks ago

When you first start writing, I think your goal should be clarity. Can a regular person understand what you are writing. It is more complex than it seems. If you can't write clearly, the purpose of your writing (being understood) has been stymied. One of the next goals I have when writing is making my writing easy to read. But this does not mean I am making my writing simple or childish. Maybe a better way to express this second goal is for me to say that you should try to make your writing pleasurable to read.

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10 months, 2 weeks ago

Today is day 17. It is time to edit the book. This is an overview of how I do my editing.

If you are unaware, I am taking on a unique goal for National Novel Writing Month. Most people will write the first draft of their novel when they go into national novel writing month, but I wanted to take it a step further. Instead of only writing the first draft of a book, I wanted to take that book from its initial idea to publication.

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10 months, 2 weeks ago

Today is day 16. I am going to finish typing up the book today. I really don't have another option.

If you are unaware, I am taking on a unique goal for National Novel Writing Month. Most people will write the first draft of their novel when they go into national novel writing month, but I wanted to take it a step further. Instead of only writing the first draft of a book, I wanted to take that book from its initial idea to publication.

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10 months, 2 weeks ago

Today is day 13. Typing can get boring when you're tired.

If you are unaware, I am taking on a unique goal for National Novel Writing Month. Most people will write the first draft of their novel when they go into national novel writing month, but I wanted to take it a step further. Instead of only writing the first draft of a book, I wanted to take that book from its initial idea to publication.

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10 months, 2 weeks ago

For whatever reason, celebrities think they should be listened to. And it works. People see that someone has a following whether because they are an actor or an influencer on instagram (like me, lol, SAD), but it is generally the case that these people don't know what the heck they are talking about. On this episodes of How to Write Good, we are going to talk about how you should stop listening to celebrities. We are also going to talk about how artists (whether that is a painter, a musician, an author, etc. . .) don't have some special knowledge that the rest of the population does.

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10 months, 2 weeks ago

Today is day 12. I am still typing. I hope to finish this step today.

If you are unaware, I am taking on a unique goal for National Novel Writing Month. Most people will write the first draft of their novel when they go into national novel writing month, but I wanted to take it a step further. Instead of only writing the first draft of a book, I wanted to take that book from its initial idea to publication.

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10 months, 2 weeks ago

Tim Ferris of 4 Hour Work Week fame, talks about an enticing idea in his book (He has a lot of enticing ideas in his book). It isn't about working only four hours a week. It isn't about setting up a muse business. It is about the way he approaches goals. He works in 6 month stints. I think that this is a great thing to adopt for any writer. This is what we are going to talk about on this week's episode of How to Write Good.

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10 months, 2 weeks ago

Today is day 11. I am typing up the book. This is probably the most boring part of the book writing process.

If you are unaware, I am taking on a unique goal for National Novel Writing Month. Most people will write the first draft of their novel when they go into national novel writing month, but I wanted to take it a step further. Instead of only writing the first draft of a book, I wanted to take that book from its initial idea to publication.

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10 months, 2 weeks ago

Some writers are elitists. Some writers want to write the next great American novel (or English novel or Australian (if they read down there)). And writing for regular people is something that is left for bad writers. I think this is stupid (because I think a lot of things are stupid). Instead of writing for a small group of elites, consider writing for regular people. Just think of how much larger your impact could be.

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10 months, 3 weeks ago

Why do we write? That is is common question I ask when thinking about writing. Some people think that writing is only to make words sound good together, but I think this misses the point of the writing completely.

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10 months, 3 weeks ago

If you do some research on working as a writer, you will find one piece of advice that comes up in relation to marketing. That advice is to stick to one genre. This advice makes marketing sense. If you write in the same genre, the people who enjoy your books will enjoy all your books. If you are going to write westerns, and you build an audience that enjoys your westerns, they are less likely to enjoy the scifi you write. You are throwing them a curveball of some sort. But what if this marketing advice leads you down a bad writing path. We are going to be talking about that today.

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10 months, 3 weeks ago

The first thing you should know before anything else is that you should not listen to me. You shouldn't listen to me. You shouldn't listen to other writers telling you what to do. What you need to do is figure out your own way of writing. But I don't think that setting out on your own trail is the way most writers decide to go. Most writers are reading or listening to other writing advice. The reason why people usually don't want to figure things out themselves is because it is hard, but it might be the case that you are missing out on something because you aren't doing the hard thing. But then again, maybe you shouldn't listen to what I am saying here. At least you would be listening to me if you choose to disregard my advice.

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10 months, 3 weeks ago

Some people dismiss fantasy fiction. They see it as something that is not serious. It is not considered high literature. High literature does not deal with things that aren't real, or high literature carries around specific ideas. But fantasy is a very unique type of story. It allows us to go into a different world, and that new world as so many different possibilities. I think that looking at what fantasy is can be extremely useful when understanding fiction. It provides us with a certain type of opportunity we would not otherwise have.

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10 months, 3 weeks ago

Today is day 10. The first draft is finished! Now it is on to typing the book, probably the most boring part of the book writing process.

If you are unaware, I am taking on a unique goal for National Novel Writing Month. Most people will write the first draft of their novel when they go into national novel writing month, but I wanted to take it a step further. Instead of only writing the first draft of a book, I wanted to take that book from its initial idea to publication.

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10 months, 3 weeks ago

Today is day 7. Yesterday was more of a light day. Today will likely be a heavy day. I have a quick tip that will help you get through your first draft and get the emotional flow to move through your story.

If you are unaware, I am taking on a unique goal for National Novel Writing Month. Most people will write the first draft of their novel when they go into national novel writing month, but I wanted to take it a step further. Instead of only writing the first draft of a book, I wanted to take that book from its initial idea to publication.

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10 months, 3 weeks ago

If you are unaware, I am taking on a unique goal for National Novel Writing Month. Most people will write the first draft of their novel when they go into national novel writing month, but I wanted to take it a step further. Instead of only writing the first draft of a book, I wanted to take that book from its initial idea to publication.

Today is day 4. I am still continuing on the first draft. So far, so good.

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10 months, 3 weeks ago

If you are unaware, I am taking on a unique goal for National Novel Writing Month. Most people will write the first draft of their novel when they go into national novel writing month, but I wanted to take it a step further. Instead of only writing the first draft of a book, I wanted to take that book from its initial idea to publication.

Today is day 3, and today is the day I will really be diving into the first draft of the book.

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10 months, 4 weeks ago

Politics in annoying. Politics is the worst. I am not a fan of politics at all. Unfortunately, politics invades other spaces. Because politics involves others spaces, we need to talk about how we should approach politics in fiction. Should politics in fiction? Should we put politics in our work? What is the purpose of fiction? On today's episode of How to Write Good, we are going to talk about this joyous topic.

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11 months ago

I have a theory about most writers. I think most writers function with a higher level of anxiety than the rest of society. Maybe I am wrong about this. Maybe only I have this problem, but I doubt it. When I look around, I see a lot of writers you obsess over little and big things within there writing to an unhealthy degree. I don't think this is wholly a negative. I think this can be really helpful if you can direct it the correct way, but if you have trouble in this way, this episode is for you. In this episode, I am going to talk about how you need to chill the Franklin out during your writing process.

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11 months ago

I have a writing rule. I think it is one of my first writing rules. That rule is that writing follows language, which means that writing follows the sound of language. More recently, I have run into some information about music that has challenged my conceptions about the art-form. Now, I am not a musician, but as I look how language manifests itself across the world, it seems that my writing rule can be adapted so that it is applicable to language as well. Which means that music would follow language too.

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11 months ago

You have probably heard the idea of theme within a story, and you probably have specific ideas of what a theme is. First, I think you are probably wrong about what a theme is because any deviation of what I think about theme is incorrect, so I am going to set you straight on that. But I am also going to be talking about something else, something I like to call a through-line that runs through your whole story, and I think that it is going to be different than what you would expect.

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11 months ago

The internet is ubiquitous in our modern culture. The only person who doesn't have a smartphone of their own is my mom. We are always listening to podcasts or music in our ears. We always have something going on, and with this new and strange technology that we have developed, so to arrives problems. One of those problems is the ability to become addicted to the internet itself. In this episode of How to Write good, we are going to be talking about how getting addicted to the internet works and how we should approach it as writers.

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11 months ago

Life is hard. Maybe there is someone out there with an easy life, but when I look around, it just looks like a lot of people have hard lives, especially if you are trying to do anything creative. I have learned something about life in general, and this something is a strategy you can use to do better in any area of your life. This is not my original thought, but I think it is something that you can take and apply directly to your writing. It is a strategy called daily minimums. And that is what we are going to talk about today.

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11 months, 1 week ago

I've heard that writers need bad memories because everything they hear or read gets composted into a big pile. That compost becomes fertile, and then these writers can pluck from their bad memories anything that they need. I am not sure imagination works that way, but I think it is a good place to start.

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11 months, 1 week ago

Write what you know is one of the most well-known pieces of writing advice. Write what you know. It seems like a simple piece of advice, and I think many people have taken this advice to heart to their peril (peril, peril, peril). Is 'write what you know' a good piece of writing advice? On today's episode of How to Write Good, I am going to talk about this simple piece of writing advice.

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11 months, 1 week ago

Bad ideas are bad (It is a tautology. There is really know way to argue with this). So, we should avoid bad ideas. Bad ideas should not be in our writing, right? But what if this is the incorrect way of understanding bad ideas? What if bad ideas are a gift given to us to help us be better writers. What if, instead of trying to avoid that bad idea at the beginning of our writing journey, we grab onto that bad idea by the horns and let ourselves slip so far into that bad idea that we find something good. In this episode of How to Write Good, we are going to be talking about how you just need to allow yourself to be bad.

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11 months, 1 week ago

Have you ever seen someone paint a picture (Of course you have). When someone paints a picture, they do not pick up a bucket full of all types of paint and throw it at a canvas. It does not happen all at once. When a painter paints, he must put the paint on the canvas one single stroke at a time. He must also work in chunks, oftentimes working from the background to the foreground. On today's episode of How to Write Good, I am going to be talking about how one of the best ways to edit a book is by breaking it into chunks, by working in layers.

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11 months, 1 week ago

Originality. Is it something that we should seek to achieve when we write. Mark Twain doesn't think we should worry. In fact, he said something to the effect that all writing is derivative, so you should not worry about whether yours is as well. Now, is this good advice to follow. Today on How to Write good, we are going to dive into why you don't need to reinvent the wheel, you don't need to try to find that one idea that will break someone's skull open. On this episode of How to Write Good, we are going to be talking about how it is okay to not be original.

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11 months, 2 weeks ago

I think Ursula Le Guin. If you want to read a writer who knew her craft (RIP), you should read some Ursula Le Guin. Of all the writers I have ever read, I think she is in the top 10 (seriously). So, when she says something about writing, I think that people should perk up their ears and listen. Le Guin talks about this idea that when you start writing, you should start with how the language sounds. What does the language sound like? Enjoy the pleasure you get from the words and sounds themselves. Today, on How to Write Good, I am going to be talking about Urusula Le Guin's advice and whether this advice is good or bad (Or just lukewarm).

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11 months, 2 weeks ago

Lynda Barry has a really interesting view on how to start writing. She says that if we become curious about memory, we can use it as a spring board to begin writing. The example she gives to show how this would work is when you lose someone for whatever reason. In that period you are dealing with loss, it is the little things in life that bring the memories of that person back the most. Lynda Barry says that you should use the little details within your story to show your reader what is happening. On today's episode of How to Write Good, I am going to be talking about whether I think this advice is good or not.

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11 months, 2 weeks ago

Ray Bradbury. I am a big fan of Ray Bradbury. I think that he is one of those writers who has put out a lot of different stories that capture people's imaginations. Ray Bradbury puts out a piece of writing advice that seems very simple and doable for everyone. His piece of advice states that quantity will make up for quality. If you write enough, you will gain experience, and you will become a better writer. If this piece of advice is true, then it is good for everyone because a huge component of being a better writer is practice. And this means that pretty much anyone can do it. We are going to talk about this writing advice on How to Write Good.

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11 months, 2 weeks ago

Samuel Delany, a science fiction author, once said that writing is more about what to omit from your writing. He states that most writing advice you receive is about what you should not do. Though I don't disagree with this second statement, I disagree with this idea that the core of writing is getting rid of things. This does not seem to make sense to me. If the core of good writing is what we should get rid of, isn't it the case that that this should make up the bulk of our writing? On Today's episode of How to Write Good, we are going to talk about whether this advice is good and in what context.

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11 months, 2 weeks ago

Lisa Dordal gives the specific piece of advice that writers should sets aside a specific day for reading and writing instead of trying to write every day. I don't think this is just a piece of writing advice, but a piece of advice we can apply across all types of platforms. Today, on How to Write Good, I am going to talk about whether I think this piece of advice is good or not, and why or why not.

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11 months, 3 weeks ago

Denis Johnson gives the advice that you should build yourself up to the actual act of writing. Johnson does this by what he calls "tinkering." He takes time to play around with specific things within his writing, whether that be the voice a a character, dialogue, setting, etc. . . On Today's episode of How to Write Good, we are going to be talking about whether this writing advice is good or bad.

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11 months, 3 weeks ago

Cormac McCarthy has a piece of writing advice that says you should write everything, even scenes you are not going to use. Now, Cormac McCarthy is a good write, so we should look into his writing advice. On today's episode of How to Write Good, we are going to talk about whether this piece of advice is good or not.

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11 months, 3 weeks ago

Anthony Doerr gives an interesting piece of writing advice. He says that we should work in short chapters. His reason for doing this is because it is easier to work in short chapters. In this week's episode of How to Write Good, we are going to talk about if working in short chapters is better than working in long chapters, and why.

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11 months, 3 weeks ago

Katherine Mansfield has a specific piece of writing advice that we are going to talk about today: "Writing anything is better than writing nothing" (Or something to that effect. Is it better to write anything, even if that thing is bad, or should be only be writing something that is good. We know what Katherine Mansfield's opinion is, but is when he analyze that piece of advice, is it shown to be a good piece of advice. That is what we are going to be talking about on How to Write Good today.

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12 months ago

Kill your darlings. This is one of the most popular pieces of writing advice of all time. I don't know why this specific piece of writing advice rose to the top out of the entire book Stephen King's writing advice, but it is one of the biggest. Now, Stephen King does know how to write. I have read his writing, and that is clear to see. And I think that what he is trying to say with this piece of writing advice is good, but most people understand this idea as this simple phrase of killing your darlings. So, should you kill your darlings? That is what I am going to talk about on today's episode of How to Write Good.

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12 months ago

I love dialogue. Have I ever told you I love dialogue, because, dang, I love dialogue. Dialogue is the aspect of writing that sticks out more than anything, and it is the type of writing we remember. What do you remember from the movies? What do people quote from books? Most times it is dialogue. I think the stories we love most come to a head in dialogue. We are all waiting for that great piece of dialogue. Today on How to Write Good, I am going to be talking about a specific strategy you can use to write dialogue.

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12 months ago

What is the best part of a book? Or maybe I should ask another question: what is the core of a story? I would say the answer to that question is character. Who am I journeying with? Who am I getting to know. Now, you most likely learned a specific way to describe characters in your stories. That strategy is likely by blocking all the text about when character is introduced. Now, I don't think this is a bad start, but on today's episode of How to Write Good I am going to talk about three strategies that will help you write characters into your story in a natural way.

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12 months ago

Tension. That is the good stuff. If we can create tension in our stories, we can grab those readers, and if we can grab those readers, we can rule the world with a microphone (Or a piece of paper. Something like that. It doesn't really matter). But if we can create tension in our story, we are another step closer getting readers who love what we are writing. I talked about tension in a past episode, but I wanted to take this episode to talk about how tension starts within a story.

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1 year ago

We write from two different viewpoints in English. We either write in first person or third person. And some people have very strong feelings about writing in one or the other of these tenses. I don;t really care. I think they both useful, and I am willing to write in either. In this episode of How to Write Good, I am going to be talking about how the reader experiences these two ways of writing.

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1 year ago

This is a piece of life advice, but it is also something that is good to remember when you are writing: fall in love with learning. Benjerman Frankerlman once said that if you want to be remembered you either need to do something worth writing about or write something worth reading. Since we are not in the business of doing something worth remembering, we are left with the latter option. We need to find a way to write something worth reading. Now, we could come up with a whole bunch of BS (Bologna Sandwichs for you kids), but I think that there is another way. And I think the way we come up with tons of great ideas starts with learning as much as we can.

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1 year ago

I was going to make this episode about how to finish your book. In the future, I will actually make an episode about that, but when I was going through this topic, I found I had something I needed to say about the act of writing itself. Specifically, I thought it was very important to explain why I think people get frustrated with writing. Now, this isn't the only reason, but I think this is the main reason people get frustrated. And the good thing about this frustration is that you can do something about it.

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1 year ago

Cowboy hats. Metal walls with rivets. Redshirts. Duels. Towering skycrapers. There are many tropes that show up in stories. Where these show up depends up which type of story they are in. Because these things have been used over and over again, people have learned to hate them. But if you are one of those people who hate tropes, I think you should reconsider your attitude toward them. Tropes can be extremely useful, and on today's episode of How to Write Good, I am going to tell you exactly why I think that.

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1 year ago

What shoot you shoot for when writing? What is the goal of the writing? My first answer to that question would be to make someone understand what you are thinking. Another way of saying this is that you are trying to express things as clearly as possible. Besides this goal, I have another goal that I think helps writers move from good writers to great writers, and I don't no whether this goal is intuitive or non-intuitive. That goal is to make my writing disappear. I think that the best writing is the writing you do not even notice when you read it. And that is what I am going to be talking about on today's episode of How to Write Good.

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1 year ago

I stumbled on a piece of writing advice that rubbed me the wrong way today. The piece of writing advice was that you should write for the sake of writing. Now, this got on my bad side because I believe writing has one very clear goal. That goal is to take what is in my head and put it into another person's head using words. But when I started to think about this advice that said "Write to write," I actually came to the conclusion that I agreed with it. In this episode of How to Write Good, I am going to talk about why I agree with this advice and why I changed my mind on it.

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1 year ago

I used to write on a boom and bust model. I would write a lot. Maybe I would stay up most of the write. I would have a surge of inspiration, and then I would have long periods where I would not write. And I can tell you, it is not a very effective model because you can go for loooooong stretches without writing. I did this because I wanted to wait until I felt like writing. I wanted to wait until inspiration came to me. In some sense, I was waiting for the gift of the muse. Now, we all know there is not a literal muse (at least I hope we all know that), but I don't think we always act that way. We still wait for inspiration. Well, I am here to tell you that you should stop waiting for inspiration and get to work. Get back to work!

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1 year ago

You ever read one of those books that almost forces you to finish it. I have read those books as well. I have stayed up late into the night so that I could finish a book. I love books like this. I think most people like books like this. But as writers, how do we learn to be writers who can grab readers attentions in this way. It think that what is happening in the writing is similar to what is happening for movie teasers. That might sound weird, but that is what I am going to be talking about in this episode.

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1 year ago

Why do people read books? Why do people read books? Fantasy? Escapism? The style of writing? The shape of the story? The reasons people give for why they read and like stories are many. When I look at myself to determine why I read stories, these ideas come to my mind as well. But as I have continued to think about why a people read stories, another idea has come to my mind. Something has risen to the top as making the most sense. In this episode of How to Write Good, I am going to talk about what I think is at the base of people liking stories.

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1 year ago

Have you ever written or plotted out a book and when you went through that writing later, if felt disjointed or did not make sense together. I think this happens to everyone at some point for various reasons, and I think that there is a strategy that can help you connect plot points of your story together in a way that will make them flow. I think this strategy will help your plot points be more organic. Today on How to Write Good, I am going to be talking about the way I develop my plot, and I hope it is something that really helps you.

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1 year ago

I want to be a better writer. You want to be a better writer. We all want to be better writers. It is a long process. Some think it is an arduous process (Writing hasn't really felt arduous to me in a long time. I love it). It can by annoying. Sometimes we don't want to do what we need to do to be a better writing. But we can be better writer, and that is a good thing. In this episode, I am going to be talking about four things I think you need to do to be a better writer. But I am not just going to name these things, I am going to explain why these are so important and how they help you be a better writer.

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1 year ago

I think it is very important to know that if you want to be successful in writing, you will need others around you for support. I don't know how you could do it alone. And if you think you could be successful as a creative all alone, just try doing it without any fans. That fact that you need other people is something you will learn as you make your creative journey. But doing something creative, especially writing, is something I believe you do yourself. I believe that good art is the result of one person's vision. In this episode, I am going to be talking about how writing is an individualistic endeavor.

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1 year ago

I do not like modern art. I think most of it is rubbish. I think most of it has very little value. Did I mention I don't like modern art? Most of the time I want to dismiss modern art without giving it any chance. The issue is that I know deep down inside that even the worst art can have some value in it. Today in How to Write Good, I am going to art about the value of bad art (even though I really don't want to).

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1 year ago

Writing follows language. This is one of my writing rules. Writing follows language, but writing is not the same thing as language. Though I have given the advice of speak what you want to write and then just write it, I am aware that it is important to develop what you are putting down on paper. In this episode, I am going to be talking about the differences I see between writing and speaking. I think it is important to look at the differences between these two things. Since writing is based on how a person speaks, we can use this baseline of speaking and then change what we need to change when we understand how the two differ.

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1 year ago

I have run into conversations where people talk about how Star Wars came together into a good movie by pure luck. George Lucas somehow caught lightning in a bottle. In some ways, it wasn't even his hard work that made that first trilogy great. I don't know about that because I don't know enough about film making to make that assessment. What I do know is that writing a book is not based on luck. And that is what I am going to be talking about this episode.

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1 year ago

Maybe you are one of those writers who has been working on an epic fantasy story for the last twenty-five years. Maybe you are one of those writers who changes the same word a dozen times. You probably have the attitude that everything has to be absolutely perfect. I get this attitude. I used to be so much of a self-critic that I didn't want to show anyone what I was writing. It took me at least a decade before I thought I had something good to push out into the world, but if I had to do it over again, I would have pushed more things out into the world sooner. I think it is the best strategy for writer, and I believe this is the best way forward for a very important reason.

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1 year ago

It is hard to pick which direction you want to go in your life. For some of us, picking our direction can be excruciating. If you are someone who is thinking about being a writer, this episode if for you. Maybe you are thinking that writing would be a cush job (I kind of think that too), but just because that job seems like it would be a great gig doesn't mean you should necessarily go down that road. In this episode, I am going to talk about some questions you need to ask yourself before you decide you are going to throw yourself into writing.

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1 year ago

Most of the time we view argumentation as a bad thing, but when I think of arguments, I do not think of two people yelling at each other. I think of a long string of statements that connect together logically. I think of clearly defined definitions. I think of debate. I think of scholars instead of two people saying the same things over and over again with only the intention to win. In this episode of How to Write Good, I am going to argue (did you see what I did there) that taking on a logical framework when understanding the world and writing will help you be a better writer.

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1 year, 1 month ago

Metaphors are fun. They may be one of my favorite things in writing. Of course, they aren't the only thing in writing. Writing is a complex thing. Many different things go in to make writing happen, and good writing not only takes into account how the language works, but it also takes into account your audience, culture, the genre, and many other things. But metaphors are fun, and I think that metaphors have a special role within writing and art. I would go so far as to say that metaphors are not some subordinate thing in writing. If this is the case, it means that metaphors have more to offer. It means we need to think about them differently. They are something that not only exists in writing but effects huge chunks of our writing.

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1 year, 1 month ago

I think almost every single author I have run into says the same thing about finishing their book: though they have the book in a completed state, they could go on working on that book until the end of time. I am sure I could do this as well. There is a little gremlin in my mind that tells me I need to make something better whether it is good or not. So, I could spend the rest of my life on one book, and I would not actually complete that book. I would die with that book incomplete, because if I listened to that gremlin (his name is George, by the way), he would keep on telling me that it isn't fit for print or the waste-basket.
One of the reasons I think that writers have trouble bringing their books to an ending is because they do not fully understand the functions of what they are writing. If they could understand why something exists within a story, they could see whether that thing served its purpose. Today, I will be talking about how your book fits together so you can take another step toward that ending.

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1 year, 1 month ago

If I were to ask the question, "What should you put in each chapter of your book?" you might look at me sideways. Finding out what to put in each of your chapters is easy to most writers. But this question is important. When you write a work of fiction, you start with nothing. Though you are constrained by a few things, such as the language you write in, the world is open to you. The story you can tell can go millions of different ways. Combinations are endless. As you develop your ideas for the story develop, you limit the possibilities for what you can put in your story, but the process of writing can still be full of unneeded information. What information is important to put in the larger sections of your book? What are the scenes that you need to put in to convey the experience you are trying to convey? On today's episode of How to Write Good, I am going to be talking about how to can look at chapters so you can find how best to use each one.

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My episode on the Seven Point Plot Structure:
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1 year, 1 month ago

I enjoy writing the first draft of my book. It is an opportunity to dive into something new. It is an opportunity to explore the thing that I have been daydreaming about in me head for the last few months (and in some cases, years). First drafts are fun to me. One of the reasons they are fun to me is because I write them so quickly. But editing. . . Editing can be a bit of a drag because I am trying to make all the mess of my first draft work. I am trying to get my book to that final polished state, and it is hard sitting in front of a computer screen to decide how I am going to change that huge over 100k typed document. One thing that has really helped me in my editing process is to not see editing as editing. I have shifted to see editing as writing. And I think you should too.

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1 year, 1 month ago

Story structure is important. Each story must follow the structure of a story. To understand what stories are, people have developed story structures that we can use to understand and develop stories. You have probably heard about the three act story. You have probably heard about the five act story. It is less likely that you have heard of the seven point story structure. On today's episode of How to Write Good, we are going to be talking about that final story structure, seven point story structure.

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1 year, 1 month ago

There are a lot of different ways you can go about planning a story. Some people are pantsers. Some people are plotters. If you are a pantser, I would encourage you to do some plotting. When we go about planning, we have several different ways to go about planning. People have set up several different structures on how stories work. One of my favorite is the five act story structure. Shakespeare also used this.

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1 year, 1 month ago

The protagonist of the story creates the core of a story. You look through that character’s eyes to write. You watch as that character acts in the world. The way that character moves through the world and how it ends up is what we are watching. It is that which makes up the story that pushes us to the edge of our seat. But a story is not just made up of the main character. It is made of places. It is made of events. And it is made of side characters. One of the most interesting parts of a story are the side characters. The side characters, of course, are not the main character, so we do not build these characters in the same way as the main character. How do we do that?

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1 year, 1 month ago

We have talked about how to start the book. We have talked about the different parts of the book. Some people will point to one of these two aspects as the most important part of a story. I do not know if I would go so far. I am not a person who tends to point to one aspect of a story to say it is the most important. I think there is danger doing that for any writer.
One of the areas I have not talked about yet is the ending of a book. If we can write the beginning and we can write the middle, what do we do with the end, especially the very end? I have had trouble understanding when to end. I am sure others have had trouble figuring out when to end. I think one of the most important things to know when writing endings is what they are supposed to be doing. If you can understand the purpose of an ending, I think you can write an ending.

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1 year, 1 month ago

I love dialogue. It is one of my favorite things to write. I am not sure of the entire reason behind that. I think part of it is because all fiction writing seems to direct itself toward dialogue, meaning that it is usually some sort of dialogue that creates the climax of the story. Another reason I love dialogue is because it has never been something difficult for me. It has been something very natural, and I have found it to be the case that dialogue flows into my mind without the need to try very hard. Recently, I have learned that this isn’t the case for everyone. So, on today’s episode of How to Write Good, I am going to be talking about how I approach dialogue and why I think you learn to write it as easily as anything else.

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1 year, 1 month ago

Every story has three parts, and these three parts have been known to exist for thousands of yours. These three parts are beginning, a middle, and an end. Aristotle said that these were the three parts of a story, and I think that these three parts are the most basic sections we can break a story into. This is not without good reason. Each of these parts is distinct from the others, but each must exist to create a full story.
On today’s episode of How to Write Good, I am going to be talking about these three different parts and how they function in a story.

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An Easy Way to Plot your Book:
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1 year, 1 month ago

Have you ever read a book that was written so well that made you cry? I mean one of those books that is written so well, you realize you're a slob who is never going to make it in life, so you buy yourself three gallons of ice-cream, four bags of chips, and fourteen pounds of SlimJims, and you slip into a bath of your own hot tears and lament that you were born with an inferior understanding of the English language? What I mean is that you run across one of those writers who takes away the need for virtual reality and somehow makes it so that you are actually immersed in the world and story they have created? What if you could start your journey toward being one of those writers?
On Today's episode, I am going to be talking about how to write in a way that reflects how people experience things. This is the type of writing is the kind that is going to allow your readers to be plunged into what you are trying to convey.

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1 year, 1 month ago

I have been writing for almost two decades. When it comes to beginnings and endings, I rarely can come up with something that works on the first try. This is especially the case for beginnings. When you open a book, you want to make the reader feel obligated to read the rest of the book. Not as if you are threatening them though. You want them to like the beginning of the book so much that they have a need to read the rest. How do we begin then? How can we look at beginnings so that we bring about that result? I am not here to tell you there is a silver bullet. I do not think there is ever a silver bullet in writing. I do not thinking you are lucky to catch lightning in a bottle. I do not think good books are based on luck. They are based on craft, patience, hard-work, the ingenuity of the author, etc. . . And because they are not based on luck, I actually think you can shift your mindset to find better ways to write. In this episode, I am going to talk about what I have found to be the most useful way to look at the beginning of your book.

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1 year, 1 month ago

What is your favorite part of writing? One of my favorite parts is planning the book. I also like the first draft, but one of the areas I do not like as much is editing. Editing can be the worst, because by the time you get to editing, you have already written the entire book. You feel something psychological that says you are done, but you have only just begun the process. I have heard from a lot of people that their least favorite part of writing is editing (which really sucks for them, because I think it might be the longest part). Today, I am going to be talking about a way to shift your mindset toward editing. Maybe if you do, you'll even learn to like the process.

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1 year, 1 month ago

Mark Twain (AKA Samuel Clemens) famously wrote in a letter that he would have made the letter shorter, but he did not have the time. Mr. Twain understood that writing did not require every little detail of every little thing to be explained. He actually understood that good write was succinct. It does not waste the readers time. If it needs to take longer to explain something, it has a reason for doing so. Good writing always has a pay-off. In this episode, I talk about how to focus your writing so you are not writing every piece of every little thing. I do not need to know what characters are eating in most cases. I do not need to know how many hairs are sprouting out of a person's nose (Unless it is a woman. That might be very important information for character development). I need to hone in on those things that are important. And I do that not by focus on the huge things but on the small ones.

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1 year, 1 month ago

When you write anything, you usually decide on how to write that thing based on how it feels in the world. What is the emotional connection? Does this thing I am writing contain movement? Do I need to describe it in a certain way because the way it expresses itself is temporal? Action is one of these things that looks a certain way in the world, so there seems to be one evident way to write action. You write action step by step through the sequence of events that make up the action. But what if that was not the best way to look at action? What if we could describe action in a way that didn't make us feel like phony writers?
Today on How to Write Good, I am going to talk about a new way to look at action. I think it is a much better way because it maintains the integrity of your writing.

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1 year, 2 months ago

When I first started to write in school, I was taught that each sentence forms a complete thought. This is probably true. When linguists look at talking and writing, they probably say that a sentence is a thought. Even though this might be true, I think you need to shift your attitude about what forms a complete thought in relation to writing. Instead of saying that a sentence is a complete thought, shift your paradigm to understand your most basic unit of writing as a paragraph. That might sound like something weird, but I think this is something that will help you write better. In this episode, I intend to convince you that this is the way you should write.

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1 year, 2 months ago

Character motivation and character goals are not the same thing. If you haven't check out my episode on why that is the case, you should check it out. I think it is very important to know the differences between these two things because motivation can help make your writing and story very interesting. Because of this, I would like to dive into character motivation more. It can be a very complex thing within a story. It can be something that makes your story wholly unique, and though you may be able to get away with only having character goals, I think you should seriously consider developing your character's motivation as well.

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1 year, 2 months ago

Tension is something within writing that I do not think exists on its face. I think writing requires an audience. A person needs to understand and connect to the story, and when the right person reads a piece of text, that person is able to understand the tension in the story. The writing does need to exist for the tension in the writing to exist (of course), but it is a requirement for tension to exist. Today, I am going to be talking about tension. What is tension? Why do we need tension? How does tension work in the story? How do we create tension in our story?

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1 year, 2 months ago

One of the things I learned about in school was the necessity of having transitions in my writing. If I did not have transitions, my writing would not flow. If my writing did not flow, people would not like my writing. If people did not like my writing, they would not like me. And if they decided they would not like me, they would flick cartons of old milk at my head. So, when I was younger, it was almost an imperative to make sure I used transitions because if I did not, the day would be both soggy and smelly. What I have learned since then is that the goal of good writing is to rarely if ever use transition words. But you do not jump from transition words to not using transition words. You need to develop a style of writing that supports omitting those transition words. Today on How to Write Good, I am going to be talking about the mindset you need to adopt so that you can get rid of those transition words.

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1 year, 2 months ago

Writing only consists of what is on the page, but it doesn't, but it does, but it doesn't. If you have ever thought about what writing is, you probably have realized that it is a very complex process. Speech is a complex process in and of itself, but writing goes beyond speech. It follows after speech. What I mean by that is it takes on the pattern of speech, but it is tweaking that pattern to fit into the new format of writing. When we approach writing, we often think that if we put things on the page in as clear a way as possible we will end up with good writing, but good writing is more complex than that. Good writing is not just the words on the page. Good writing is the interplay of the words with the person reading the words. This means that you do not have to convey every little detail of a thing for a reader to understand, and in a lot of cases, you shouold not.

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1 year, 2 months ago

Something things in writing are boring. I find copy-editing boring. Formatting is not that fun either. Neither is sending out queries to agents. Some of you may find outlining a boring part of the book, and some of you may find outlining so boring you have labelled it as useless so you do not even do it (Because we all know that there can be no other reason for why you do not outline a book).
When I think about outlining a book, I do not think most people have trouble with the process. You come up with a framework. You fill out that framework. Some people write paragraphs for their outline. Some people make it look like an outline. I do not think there is a wrong format to do outlines in, but I do think that outlining does have a logical flow. In this episode of How to Write Good, I am going to be going through the different steps of how I outline, and I am going to be explaining why I think this process makes the most sense and how it will save you time, heartache, and effort.

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1 year, 2 months ago