Writing Tips

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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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A man and woman walking away from an exploding car

Sabotage

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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Or, Start With a World

In my last article I explained how I usually start with a character and then move toward the world. But I don’t always follow that to the letter. Sometimes you have a world in need of a character. This is how I personally handle that setup.

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Start With a Human, Let the World Build Itself

I know a lot of people who love to world-build, and that’s awesome. Some of them can get so far in-depth with their created world that they struggle to start a story. There’s just so much depth in the world that it almost holds this untouchability. But for me, while I love world-building, I’d rather over-create a character.

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