• Bad writing advice you should ignore!
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    Bad writing advice you should ignore!

    Bad writing advice you should ignore!   There are many writing blogs out there that focus on writing tips and advice. YouTube had also gained popularity among writers who share their tips on writing. Which is awesome! But I also noticed that there is a lot of advice out there some of it good, some it is bad and should be ignored.   Write what you know.   The first one in the list of bad writing advice you should ignore. A few years ago I did a self-editing course with an editor who did editorial work for Cosmopolitan. One of the advice she gave us was to write what…

  • Plotting for pantsers
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    Plotting for pantsers. With two simple steps. 

    Plotting for pantsers. With two simple steps.    Pansters distaste the process of creating outlines for their books. I can say so myself as I am a pantser. The meaning of “pantsers” is we write in the seat of our pants. More or less make stuff up as we go along. Sometimes this will come back and bite us in the butt. I have to basic two tips of ways to plot without having to stress yourself about creating big outlines.   Plotting for Pantsers using the “What if.”   The what if is part of your plot basically you ask yourself what if my character did this, what if my…

  • Naming your characters. 
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    Naming your characters. Three places where you can get name ideas of your characters.

    Naming your characters. Three places where you can get name ideas of your characters.       Naming your characters might sound easy but it can be tricky. There are points to consider and the character name should reflect on their personality. Here are three places where you can find name ideas.   Baby site   Most writers use these sites not because they plan to have kids if you are, congrats! The characters are writers babies at least, I’ll think of it that way. I’m a frequent user of these sites to find names and get ideas. The names are listed by gender some of them are unisex and are…

  • The Unlikeable Character.
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    Crafting The Unlikeable Character.

    Crafting The Unlikeable Character.   The unlikeable protagonist is nothing new in fiction from Humbert in Lolita to Amy Dunne in Gone Girl. What makes a character unlikeable? It could be because of their motivates or their self-destructive nature or the actions they make. Think of them as someone you don’t want to invite to the dinner party. Bottom line, this is not someone you want to spend time with.   As a writer who writes thrillers, I don’t believe characters have to be “likable” especially in this genre. The genre is important if you planning to write romance or fantasy some of the characters or the main character needs…

  • Writing quotes from famous authors
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    Top five best writing advice from famous author who inspires you to finish that book.

    Writing quotes from famous authors who inspire you to finish your book or NaNoWriMo.   With Nanowrimo around among us, we would need a few words of inspiration to help us go through the processes of writing 50K words in 30 days. After too many words down on the page and the coffee cups keep filling or with tea for tea lovers, we tend to get disheartened and ask ourselves, is it all worth it? Where the story is going? Don’t think about it now. Just keep on going and get the finish line of hitting the 50K mark.   If you don’t, don’t worry you still achieved something. Pat yourself in the…

  • How to prep for NaNoWriMo
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    How to prep for nanowrimo.

    How to prep for NaNoWriMo. Five things to consider before you start.   It’s time of the year again. Nanowrimo is a challenge that starts in November where writers from all around the world gather to write 50k in one month. That is about 1600 words every day. I did NaNoWriMo five times and won it five times. Here are some tips on how to prep for NaNoWriMo this year to keep in mind if you are planning to take part in    Get Organised.   50k in a month is a lot of words so you need to get organized and plan. To achieve this goal, you have to write every…

  • How to create flawed characters.
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    how to create flawed characters. What are the three types of flows?

    How to create flawed characters. What are the three types of flaws?     In this post, I’m going to write about character flaws and the three key flaw you can implement when writing your book. Flaws are important because it makes your character appear more human in the eyes of the reader. Nobody wants to read about a character who is perfect and possesses any form of a flaw. Here are is how to create flawed characters            The psychological flaw. The psychological flaw as it suggests it’s something psychological. It can be either alcohol or drug use. Something that triggers the character to abuse.…

  • How to write a thriller novel
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    How to write a thriller novel.

      How to write a thriller novel.   Thrillers and mystery are among the most popular genres in fiction. Have you ever read a good thriller and wondered how it is written? What are the main flavors good thrillers needs? Below I listed five tips on how to write a thriller novel.   When writing a thriller you need to establish, what kind of thriller you are going to write. There are different types of thrillers such as psychological thrillers like Gone Girl. Mystery novels, which is solving the mystery of a murder or theft. Legal thrillers, or medical thrillers, military thrillers, Sci-fi thrillers you catch my drift.    …

  • How to craft a strong female Character
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    How to craft a strong female Character.

      How to craft a strong female Character   Lets’ face it, we all love a strong kick-ass female character. By kiss-ass, I don’t mean that she has to be like Lara Croft but qualities that show she is capable of saving herself not a man helping her. The days of the dismal in distress are gone. How to craft a strong female character.     Let have her weakness.   We all have straightens and weakness and when crafting characters we need to keep this in mind. Not only will this make your character relatable but also more human. We don’t want to read about a perfect character but…

  • How to write a sociopath
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    How to write a sociopath

    How to write a sociopath.   On the latest post, I made was about how to write a psychopath this week I’m covering sociopath. People tend to confuse the two, although there are similarities, they are not the same and their traits are different. Here is the list of how to write a sociopath.   Shallow Emotions   Sociopaths have shallow emotions. They fake warmth, joy, and motivation towards people around them so they get satisfaction for their inner selves. They don’t exhibit feelings like a normal person would. They make promises they can’t keep or get others to get the job done for them promising them something but they…