What’s a McDonald’s? Handling Exposition when you have to Tell Instead of Show.

One of the first pieces of advice most writers have beaten into them is “Show don’t tell.” The reason this advice is hammered home so hard is because it is, in fact, good advice. The story is almost always better when you show something, rather than when you tell it. It immerses the reader more …

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How Long Should your Book be? Story Lengths Explained

One of the side effects of the modern ebook era is that the term “book” has pretty much lost all meaning. A book can be virtually anything when it’s published in an ebook format, because there’s no need to worry about printing and binding and all the things that come with a physical copy. Don’t …

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3 Ways Tabletop Gaming Helped Me Improve as a Writer

Hey, quick question to everyone reading - who here has played Dungeons and Dragons, or some other tabletop gaming system? Well, for those of you who haven’t, Dungeons and Dragons - and all the tabletop games that came later - can be hard to understand. The best explanation I have is this: remember when you …

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The Umbridge Effect: Crafting a Detestable Villain

I originally had a different blog post planned for today. Planned and written, in fact. But sometimes, plans change. Sometimes, you come across an idea that grabs your brain and won’t let go. Sometimes, inspiration strikes, and one big piece of writing advice I will always, always give is that when you get bitten by …

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3 YouTube Channels I Recommend for Writing Research

Happy Holidays everyone! Hope you had a good one. Don't forget to pick up your free book while you're here! One of the most time consuming things you can do when preparing to write is researching. It can be a long, arduous process that can begin to drag. In the post-holiday haze, you’re probably a …

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