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3 Traps to Avoid When Writing a Rough Draft

3 Traps to Avoid When Writing a Rough Draft

I’ve started a new novel, as in a blank page 1 in need of 275 – 400 more pages written to be complete. I’m lucky, because this book is second in a series, so I already have the plot and framework in mind (sort of ). I just require about 70,000+ more words to fill in the blanks.

It’s so simple, but difficult to do.

Fortunately, I’ve completed four other novels and will publish book #4 later this year. I’m trying to apply what I’ve learned in the past to remain more sane this go-round. Let’s discuss three pitfalls I’ve learned with first drafts.

An Introduction to Satire: A Modest Proposal

Introduction to Satire

I was a junior in High School when I was first introduced to satire. I had been affluent in sarcasm for some time, but it was in my AP English class that I first became very, very confused.

4 Tips to Write a Summer Blockbuster

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It’s May, which means we’ve hit the beginning of the summer blockbuster season! Explosions, car chases, larger-than-life heroes—what could be more fun? It’s enough to inspire a writer to write one for herself (at least, this writer). But whether on the screen, or the page, every blockbuster story needs certain qualities to be a true hit–there’s […]

Every Story Has a Tipping Point (Plus, an Invitation)

Every Story Has a Tipping Point

Good stories are made up of moments: good moments, bad moments, but most of all, life changing moments.

A writer’s job is choose the best, most essential moments in a character’s life and throw the rest out.

The Two Keys to Writing a Menacing Antagonist

Writng a Menacing Antagonist

True menace is hard to write.

Spoiler: Writing a good villain is not about superpowers. It’s also not about backstory. Both of those can help you write a menacing antagonist, but they can also make your antagonist simply silly, or so sympathetic that readers forget to be scared (I’m looking at you, Loki).

3 Writing Tips You Can Learn from Avengers: Age of Ultron

3 Writing Tips from Avengers: Age of Ultron

When I heard that author, director and all-around nerd royalty Joss Whedon was reprising his dual roles in the screenwriter’s and director’s chairs for Avengers: Age of Ultron, I came to the theater armed with a notepad, figuring I could take home some stellar writing tips from the guy who poured so much of himself into this film that he nearly died of exhaustion.

Baltimore: Finding Humanity in the Midst of Chaos (Writing Prompt)

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I think that in the politics and coverage of the situation in Baltimore, the humanity of both the citizens and police officers has been lost.

In light of that, I’m turning today’s writing prompt into an attempt to find that humanity by asking you to write about the photo below.

Writing Villains: 9 Evil Examples of the Villain Archetype

Writing Villains

You’ve been told your story needs conflict. You’ve been told that each scene needs to have tension. You might have even been told you need to be writing villains, memorable antagonists that can supercharge your plot.

But unless you’re writing a fantasy novel, you might not be sure how to do this. You associate villains with Darth Vader and Jafar from Alladin.

What do bad guys look like in realistic literature?

3 Unspoken Secrets to Getting Published

3 Unspoken Secrets to Getting Published

This guest post is by Paul Angone. Paul is a full-time writer and speaker with a passion for inspiring millennials. Snag his new book All Groan Up: Searching For Self, Faith, and a Freaking Job! that just released April 21st, 2015 and the join the community at allgroanup.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @PaulAngone. Over […]

How to Write About Your Family… Without Getting Disowned

How to Write About Your Family… without Getting Disowned

As writers, we often draw from what we know to create our art, and the subject many of us often know the deepest is our family. But how do you write about your family without hurting them, especially if, like most of us, your family is less than perfect?