• Should You Write a Manic Pixie Dream Girl?

    Should You Write a Manic Pixie Dream Girl?

    You’re reading this on the internet, so you’ve probably heard of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. You probably have a decent idea of what she is and where she exists in the world of fiction. There’s like a seventy percent chance you immediately associate the term with Zooey Deschanel, and considering most of her well-known […]

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  • How to Write an Enneagram 1 Character

    How to Write an Enneagram 1 Character

    One of the hardest things about writing characters is making sure they’re different enough from each other that a reader can tell them apart. There are multiple ways to do this: base them on real people, give them qualities of different animals or elements, use a personality typing system, make it up as you go […]

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  • Channel Your Inner Twitter Mob: A Guide to Communicating Effectively

    Channel Your Inner Twitter Mob: A Guide to Communicating Effectively

    You’ve got something to say. But how do you say it so that people will listen? How do you preemptively head off pointless arguments? Keep people reading until the end? How can you be sure you’ll get your meaning across every single time? The art of communication is one that you’ll spend your whole life […]

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  • No, You Can’t Reinvent the Wheel, But…

    No, You Can’t Reinvent the Wheel, But…

    In his comedy special “New In Town” John Mulaney remarks that the satisfaction of cancelling plans is akin to using heroin. Having never used heroin myself, I can neither confirm nor deny the validity of this statement; I can however affirm that I love not doing things. I’m a homebody through and through, and I […]

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  • 5 Things About Writing That I Learned From My Dog

    5 Things About Writing That I Learned From My Dog

    My wife and I got our first dog together in November of 2019. I should first clarify by saying that of course we grew up with dogs, both us with labradors whom we loved and adored, but the dog we took in during the waning months of 2019 was our dog. Like never before in […]

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  • Writing Realistic Dialogue: How Real is Too Real?

    Writing Realistic Dialogue: How Real is Too Real?

    If you struggle with writing dialogue, you’re definitely not alone. As a big part of characterization, dialogue can be the difference between whether a reader loves or hates your characters. Dialogue that’s not broken up by action can be confusing, but too many dialogue tags can bog down your writing. Plus, people tend to talk […]

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  • How to Edit Your First Draft

    How to Edit Your First Draft

    Your fingers hover the keyboard. You inhale deeply. Then you do it: you type the words “The End.” You exhale. You blink back tears of joy. You’ve finished the first draft of your story! It hasn’t been easy, but you’ve pushed through. You’ve done the thing. You finished your draft. Then you think, “Now what?” […]

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  • Stop Putting Commas Before Verbs!

    Stop Putting Commas Before Verbs!

    My dearest internet writers who have chosen quantity over quality and eschewed the laws of grammar in the name of poorly constructed stream of consciousness sentences, this one is for you. Rather, I suppose, it is meant for you, but it is really and truly for the grammarians and pedants of the world who will […]

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  • Mourning My Morning Pages

    Mourning My Morning Pages

    From March through the end of August, I experienced a major creative dry spell that convinced me I wasn’t a writer anymore. I was just a person who happened to write sometimes. But my dad, another evening writer, gifted me The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron because his friend said it was life-changing. I’m sure […]

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  • How to Spark Your Writing with Mood Boards

    How to Spark Your Writing with Mood Boards

    As writers, we’ve all been there. Staring at a blank page, an idea humming in the back of your mind. You write a sentence. Read it. Delete it. Rinse and repeat. You know what you want to write. You have ideas and characters and a general idea of the setting or aesthetics. But the words […]

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