Why Repetition Can Be Powerful … and How to Get it Right

Why Repetition Can Be Powerful … and How to Get it Right

Why Repetition Can Be Powerful … and How to Get it Right This post was first published in June 2017 and updated in June 2022. Is it ever okay to repeat the same word or phrase in your writing? Absolutely! Unintentional repetition is something that authors are...
Easier, Better Writing: Harnessing Inspiration and Motivation

Easier, Better Writing: Harnessing Inspiration and Motivation

Easier, Better Writing: Harnessing Inspiration and Motivation This post was first published in June 2015 and updated in May 2022. Inspiration. Motivation. What do those words mean to you? Some writers would have you believe you can’t write anything without them. Other...
Seven Crucial First Steps for Your Writing Career

Seven Crucial First Steps for Your Writing Career

Seven Crucial First Steps for Your Writing Career This post was first published in July 2014 and updated in May 2022. Have you ever thought about – or daydreamed about – turning your writing into a career? Perhaps you’ve already made some progress or perhaps...
Five Different Approaches to Developing Characters

Five Different Approaches to Developing Characters

Five Different Approaches to Developing Characters This post was first published in April 2019 and updated in April 2022. Whether you consider plot to be more important than character or you believe they’re just two sides of the same coin, it’s clear that character...
Staying Motivated to Finish a Novel … or Even a Short Story

Staying Motivated to Finish a Novel … or Even a Short Story

Staying Motivated to Finish a Novel … or Even a Short Story In the last Aliventures survey the subject of “motivation” came up quite a few times, and one reader specifically asked for a post about staying motivated to finish a short story or novel. I’ll be the first...

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