Tag Archives: authors

7 Tips to Writing Teenage Protagonists

This is going to be tougher than I expected.  After all, I haven’t been a teenager in decades, so I’m kind of out of touch.  Even at work, I realize that teenagers of today aren’t like the ones when I … Continue reading

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The Four Horsemen of Writing: Negativity

Not even sure I have to go into details with this one.  It’s a destroyer of egos and causes people to quit.  Not only with writing, but with most adventures.  This can birth doubt and keep it fed for as … Continue reading

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Poetry Day: Cry for Some Attention

(This poem deals with how the Internet works.  I wrote it when I noticed posting anything positive or a simple update got very little attention.  Once I ranted, I got a flood of comments by people either trying to cheer … Continue reading

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Questions 3: Your Writing Space

I toss this topic out from time to time.  Mostly because authors can be very particular about where they work.  Some are homebodies and others function in public.  Some have designated space to work while others go wherever they can … Continue reading

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Questions 3: The Plot is the Glue or Something

Last of the elements is plot.  This is the ‘what’ is happening to the characters and in the setting.  Also, you may want to explain ‘why’, which can overlap with the other two.  The simplest explanation is that these are … Continue reading

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Questions 3: It’s About Characters

Characters are essential to the story.  Their existence answers the question of ‘Who is this happening to’ when one follows the events.  They give the reader a POV to use as a reference point.  They bring life to the setting … Continue reading

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Is There Ageism in Publishing?

Pretty sure I’ve already said too much and at least one person has skipped right to the comments.  I haven’t seen many posts and articles about this topic, but I know it’s going to ruffle feathers.  In fact, I can … Continue reading

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Questions 3: The Author Vessel/Surrogate/Avatar

Many authors insert either themselves or a version of themselves into a story.  It could be a realistic version or even an idealistic.  Maybe you’re a side character or a cameo, but other times the author may be the protagonist.  … Continue reading

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Dudley’s Desk Depot: Free Pen with Every Purchase (Wet Ink Not Guaranteed)

Welcome and what do you want?  A desk?  Sure, we have those as you can tell by the name up there.  I’m not Dudley.  My name is Dale, but I didn’t want people making dancer or chipmunk jokes.  So, do … Continue reading

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#3 Post of 2020: 7 Tips to Writing a Physical Description that Works

(Post originally made on July 8, 2020.) Don’t go jumping to the comments just yet.  Jessica makes a good point.  Our characters are what we make them, so we shouldn’t blame them for it.  We do have to be careful … Continue reading

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