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The One-Week Author

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #008.

Books, magazines, pamphlets, scrolls, clay tablets; the written word is a distinctly human invention. With it, we can share our thoughts, feelings, desires, and emotions across time and space. We can transfer our knowledge and wisdom directly to our readers’ minds, achieving a level of intimate understanding that is unique to our species.

It’s no wonder that millions of individuals around the world aspire to be authors. Unfortunately, however, this is a near-insurmountable goal for the vast majority of them. The ideas are there, as are the feelings and emotions they want to elicit in the hearts of their readers. But writing a book is an enormous undertaking which requires at least a moderate understanding of the art of storytelling.

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From The Editor

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #008.

As I write this letter, I sit in bed, resting after a long and frustrating day. After months of attempts at woodworking projects and nothing to show for it, I realized that I need to take a break from my newest hobby.

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Crafting Compelling Character Arcs—Black Widow

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #007.

In Avengers: Endgame, Scarlett Johansson’s character, Black Widow, chose to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to save the universe. Her selflessness won the day, providing the rest of the team with the tool they needed to restore billions of people back to life. While Black Widow’s death scene was a tragic moment in the fourth Avengers film, if we look at it from a thematic viewpoint, we’d see that it was the only possible conclusion for her character’s arc.

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Developing Your Character

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #007.

Does his location affect the way others see him? If so, why?

Deep prejudices can develop based on where a person or group may live. Characters may begin to feel, and influence others into feeling, that a person’s location is representative of his social standing, his intelligence, or his capacity to succeed in a given venture. In Snowpiercer, an extreme class division develops between the various train cars and the individuals living within them. In Total Recall (2012), The United Federation of Britain looks down on the citizens of the Colony, considering them to be inferior, and using them as little more than slave labor for their own ventures.

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Writing Definitions

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #007.

Like any career or hobby, there’s a whole world built around writing that you may just be beginning to scratch the surface of. And let’s face it, we’re not born knowing how to respond if someone on Twitter asks if the MC in your WIP finds the McGuffin, or if it was just a red herring all along. 

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Issue #007 Now Available

Issue #007 of The Writer’s Everything is now available for download. It includes articles on such topics as how a writer can economize their hard-earned words, what genre conventions are, and how you can differentiate an ensemble cast.

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Issue #006 Now Available!

Issue #006 of The Writer’s Everything is now available for download. It includes articles on such topics as how a writer can economize their hard-earned words, what genre conventions are, and how you can differentiate an ensemble cast.

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Prepping Without Plotting

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #001.

So what does it take for you, as a pantser, to prepare to succeed in this year’s NaNoWriMo competition? How about we start with your day-to-day life.

First, don’t plan on going anywhere during NaNoWriMo! As soon as the first of November comes around, you are officially a hermit. You are an introvert. You are a homebody. Tell everyone what you’re doing. Tell them your plan. Make sure they know how important it is for you.

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NaNo Prep For Pantsers

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #001.

This is it. This is the year that you’re actually going to do it. You’ve been wanting to write a novel for the last ten, twenty, or even thirty years of your life, and now you finally have the motivation to make that dream a reality.

When it comes to motivating prospective writers, nothing has had  more unmitigated success than the National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. In fact, I’m sure more than a few of us are counting down the days till November, eagerly looking forward to reaching that 50,000 word count goal on the contest’s 20th anniversary.

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