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A Better Way to Think About “Show, Don’t Tell”

This is a really simple, helpful way to understand "show, don't tell."

How to Figure Out Who Raised Your Hero (and Why You Need to Know)

Your characters didn't appear the moment you write the first page. Just like in your own life, they were influenced by someone else—for good or ill. Understanding why your characters respond the way they do is crucial to character development, and knowing who influenced them is a key part of that.

Lose the Guilt: You Don’t Have to Write Every Day

Your writing life will never be ideal, and that's okay. It won't be for your characters, either. After all, dealing with the mess is what makes a great story.

Arm Yourself: You’re Allowed to Be a Beginner

Bear with me. As I write this post, I'm more than a little mad. And I don't mean "crazy," either. I encountered a fellow the other day who spoke things so poisonous, so deadly to the creative mind, that I suspect he's already left a battalion of writer-corpses in his wake.

And I'm not staying silent about it anymore.

No One Can Tell Your Story But You

Writing is a strange thing, filled with emotional roller-coasters and storms and deserts. Who would ever put themselves willingly through this? Well, you (and me). Why? Because you have something to say. The only person who can tell your story is you.

Why You Need to Write What Scares You

What would you write if you knew you couldn't fail? I promise I'm not setting you up for failure. There is a very good reason I'm asking this question.