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Similarity in Writing. Or, “How Close is Too Close?”

In a previous article, I encroached on the concept of encroaching on someone else’s story. (That last bit about the cave and the coin.) And I thought it might be worth a followup about the theme of similarity.

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Terrible Plot, Critique, and Taking Advice

Sometimes the things we write aren’t perfect and we need a different perspective.

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Tell Me a Star Wars Story

Last night as I was putting my daughter to bed, I asked her what kind of a story she wanted. “I want a Star Wars story,” she said.

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Metaphor: Seasons and Weather

One of the first metaphors I ever learned was that of weather and climate. I think it’s that way for a lot of people because of how readily available the comparison is.

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Character Design: Writing Consistent Characters

One of my biggest pet-peeves in stories is the use of a character to drive the plot the wrong way. You’ll notice it from time to time, if you’re watching for it. It goes like this: an author writes a character one way for the majority of the plot, then, they just change that character. It throws the character under the bus.

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The Imaginary Interview

As we were driving home from Disney World I thought to myself, “how could I land a job writing for Disney?” My wife and daughter were both zonked out as I drove into the late hours, and that gave me about four hours to think.

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Sometimes You Don’t Need a Reason

I don’t know about you, but my life is pretty random. One moment I’m at my desk writing something, the next I’m being attacked by a Husky who wants my attention. Or a 4 year old.

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Make Your Characters Thirsty

Have you ever had one of those days? I’m fairly sure everyone has. Either that or I’m just completely weird. Anyway, it’s something that I’ve never seen in a story. “How on Earth is this relevant?”, you may ask. Well, I’ll tell you.

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It’s Okay To Write Strange Characters

This is my second time watching the Doomsday Preppers series. There’s a whole lot that I could say about it, but the one thing that stands out is how completely blind we are to our own biases and oddities.

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One of my favorite musicians once admitted to sabotaging relationships because it kept things fresh, and helped him write better music. I never understood it with real people, but the idea is perfect for not-so-real people.

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