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Lessons Writers Can Learn From Video Games

Lessons Writers Can Learn From Video Games

Telling a story that plays out over a hundred hours can be very different than writing a book. Here are ways that Video Games tell stories and how to apply them to your writing.

The Character Flip: Creating a Framework for Character Journeys

The Character Flip: Creating a Framework for Character Journeys

The Character Flip is one of the more satisfying things to experience as a reader. Use this framework, based off of the book Senlin Ascends, to guide your own character flip!

Kill Your Darlings: Brutal Writing Advice

Kill Your Darlings: Brutal Writing Advice

Kill Your Darlings is one of the hardest parts about being a writer. How do you cut content from a carefully crafted draft? Read here to find out!

First Impressions Matter: Master the Character Description

First Impressions Matter: Master the Character Description

A strong character description imprints your character in the reader's head. It's how you can make your characters strong and vivid through the entire reading experience. Here are some examples of good and bad character descriptions.

Scratch the First Draft: Start a Protodraft

Scratch the First Draft: Start a Protodraft

We all know about the first draft and how it's the formal 'start' to your story. The anxieties and pressure around that can lead to the abandonment of your story. Fix that with a Protodraft.

Writers Start Here: Planning a Plot

Writers Start Here: Planning a Plot

Plot is both the most fun part of writing and the most intimidating for new writers. Start here!

Visual Story Arcs in Writing

Visual Story Arcs in Writing

Taking a step back and visualizing the arcs in your story can help you understand your novel.

3 AI Tools for Writers

3 AI Tools for Writers

AI in Writing is frowned upon, here's how to do it the RIGHT way.

The Hardest Skill for Amateur Writers to Learn

The Hardest Skill for Amateur Writers to Learn

This is the single hardest thing for a writer to learn, yet the most important.

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On The Screen: Unlikable Main Characters in Cougar Town

On The Screen: Unlikable Main Characters in Cougar Town

Is it bad if your main character is...kind of hard to deal with?

Common Questions: Don't Break the First Rule!

Common Questions: Don't Break the First Rule!

Names are important. Don't let your characters get the reader mixed up!

Common Questions: Naming Characters

Common Questions: Naming Characters

The ultimate guide to naming your characters and avoiding reader fatigue.

On The Screen: How I Met Your Mother

On The Screen: How I Met Your Mother

How to manage multiple characters without sacrificing authenticity

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Writers Start Here: Planning a Plot

Writers Start Here: Planning a Plot

Plot is both the most fun part of writing and the most intimidating for new writers. Start here!

Visual Story Arcs in Writing

Visual Story Arcs in Writing

Taking a step back and visualizing the arcs in your story can help you understand your novel.

Avoiding the Boring

Avoiding the Boring

Your story is exciting! Keep it that way.

Conflicting Goals and Unintentionality

Conflicting Goals and Unintentionality

Unintentionality and realistic conflict without a villain

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On The Screen: Unlikable Main Characters in Cougar Town

On The Screen: Unlikable Main Characters in Cougar Town

Is it bad if your main character is...kind of hard to deal with?

On The Screen: Modern Family

On The Screen: Modern Family

Avoid Sitcom Syndrome in your writing or else face the modern consequences.

On The Screen: How I Met Your Mother

On The Screen: How I Met Your Mother

How to manage multiple characters without sacrificing authenticity

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Common Questions: Don't Break the First Rule!

Common Questions: Don't Break the First Rule!

Names are important. Don't let your characters get the reader mixed up!

Common Questions: Naming Characters

Common Questions: Naming Characters

The ultimate guide to naming your characters and avoiding reader fatigue.

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On The Screen: Modern Family

On The Screen: Modern Family

Avoid Sitcom Syndrome in your writing or else face the modern consequences.

Conflicting Goals and Unintentionality

Conflicting Goals and Unintentionality

Unintentionality and realistic conflict without a villain

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3 AI Tools for Writers

3 AI Tools for Writers

AI in Writing is frowned upon, here's how to do it the RIGHT way.