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rain-sol-diekatze · 18 hours ago
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Writing Tips I’ve Learned: Realistic Writing
What I am going to talk about here is not realism that you hear about when people mention dark and depressing stuff. The kind of realism I’m talking about deals with believability and plausibility. This mainly pertains to fantasy or science fiction, but is still something very important to other genres such as historical fiction or dystopian fiction. Being believable or plausible doesn’t necessarily mean staying true to reality and avoiding anything atypical or weird. What it means is that the rules of the world you have developed are well thought-out, sturdy against scrutiny, and interesting. Of course, with historical fiction already has all of this done for you. These rules are necessary for making the world seem like a real place as well as the characters in it. If these rules are too loose or have severe logical flaws, then that is going to hurt the believability of what you have created. What helps the best regardless of genre? Simple, research.
One thing that helps is having a researched basis to draw inspiration from. Especially for fantasy, studying real-world societies and civilizations can give insights as to what works for a society to function and what possible quirks there could be to make it stand out. For science fiction or dystopian fiction, the purpose of the story is the most important for building the world it is set in. All good speculative fiction is not made to be a prediction of the future, but a reflection of the present. Once you know why you are writing the story, everything else stems from the questions that go along with it.
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rain-sol-diekatze · 18 hours ago
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Writing Tips I’ve Learned: Other Mediums
Now, on bit of advice I see floating around sometimes is that you should engage in other forms of art beside writing. This is one tip that I strongly support. It definitely helps your brain in general to try different things like drawing or music, but to writing it can even be more useful. It lets you think of different ways that your story can be told through and helps you even rethink how writing can be. As someone who is a film and animation nerd that loves drawing, sometimes it helps me fix my underwriting problem to imagine my scenes as being in a movie and what all the audience would see and hear. Likewise, thinking of your setting like a painting can help you bring out the vibrant visuals or thinking of a background music can help set the mood. Whatever works for you!
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rain-sol-diekatze · 18 hours ago
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Writing Tips I’ve Learned: How to Write Your Story
You will see plenty of people out there giving advice on things you should do or should not do and those are all well and good, but one thing that very few mention is that what might work for them may not work for you. The best thing you can do as a writer is to try these many tips and tricks to find out what works best for you and to find out what kind of writer you are. Some people work with rigid outlines, some with none at all. Some people like having a highly-developed world with every little detail noted and some people like to make things up as they go. Just try whatever you want to find what helps you best tell the stories you want to tell.
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1976write · 21 hours ago
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People hire ghostwriters when they want someone else to write their literary or journalistic works, speeches and other content that can be officially recognised to someone else as the author.  Many celebrities, executives, political leaders, and sports personalities turn to ghostwriters to give them a draft or even edit their autobiography.  The ability to disappear is a sign of true mastery, and having the ability to impersonate someone else's writing.  Often screenwriters call upon the trusted eye of a ghostwriter to improve their scripts.
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1976write · 21 hours ago
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People hire ghostwriters when they want someone else to write their literary or journalistic works, speeches and other content that can be officially recognised to someone else as the author.  Many celebrities, executives, political leaders, and sports personalities turn to ghostwriters to give them a draft or even edit their autobiography.  The ability to disappear is a sign of true mastery, and having the ability to impersonate someone else's writing.  Often screenwriters call upon the trusted eye of a ghostwriter to improve their scripts.
Learn more about ghostwriting at 1976write.com
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1976write · 21 hours ago
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A traditional publishing deal is a dream of most writers, and a reality many crave because of the success that usually comes with a traditional publishing deal.
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1976write · 21 hours ago
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Sponsored blog posts have been a contentious issue for many bloggers, but on the positive side, hold the possibility of extra revenue from well-written content. The route of sponsored blog posts can be both ethically and legally challenging due to advertising disclaimers, cookie awareness and privacy policies required.  Not to mention the guidelines you need to follow to keep Google happy.
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1976write · 21 hours ago
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Copywriting can take years to master, but in today's digitally run marketing world, you can earn a serious income by creating online content.
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ledelano · a day ago
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kiingocreative · a day ago
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The Structure of Story is now available! Check it out on Amazon, via the link in our bio, or at https://kiingo.co/book
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Your story would likely benefit from putting aside the beat sheet and focusing on potential energy.
First of all, let's make it clear that crafting a story by following a list of story beats undoubtedly *can* work. You can get a list of all the things your protagonist “should” do, put them in those situations, and then try to figure out what goes in between the beats. But following a beat sheet runs the risk of creating a story that hits all the right marks but *feels* rather lifeless. Things are happening but it feels more like the characters are being dragged to those events rather than leading the way. Let's look at how we might change our mindset in order to build stories that feel like the *characters* are leading the way.
Instead of thinking of a story as a series of beats, think of it as a collection of components with potential energy.
Imagine you’ve got a stationary marble carefully balanced on the top of a hill. That marble has potential energy. If you introduce the tiniest disruption by giving it a slight nudge, it begins to pick up speed. It converts its potential energy into kinetic energy and is soon racing down the hill. Characters are our marbles.
Because we’re the writers and have complete control, we can setup our marbles in such a way that their collision is *inevitable*. Let’s say we balance our marble at the top of a hill but this time we put it on a track. And now we’ve got another marble on a different hill on its own track. Each track curves down its hill and meets in a valley. Now if we give each marble a nudge, we’ve set them on a collision course. We want to design the inevitable paths of our characters.
When a protagonist and antagonist both want control of the same thing, their paths *must* collide. Eventually each must reckon with the fact that the other does not share their vision. The two must battle it out in order to get what they want. There’s potential energy in that setup.
A character who values something deeply has potential energy. That thing can be offered, threatened, or removed. We can give the character a slight nudge and they’ll go racing down the hill.
A character with a secret has potential energy. Something can happen that threatens that secret. We can let someone find out who’s not supposed to and all of a sudden that potential energy starts getting converted into kinetic energy.
A story world with a promise of what’s to come has potential energy. It might be a prophecy, a future ritual, a future battle, etc. We can point to that future moment and make characters work toward it.
When we shift our mindset from beats to energy and forces, we no longer need to ask things like, “How do I get the character’s worldview to fail?” Instead, we make that failure inevitable by throwing the character into a community that embodies an opposite worldview.
We no longer need to ask, “What goes in between these plot points?” Instead we simply ask, “What would my character do when the thing they love most is threatened, removed, or offered?”
Define your story’s components, give them potential energy, and then give the marble a tiny nudge at the top of the hill. If each component truly has potential energy, the beats will come as the marbles begin to roll.
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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Writing Inspiration
True Grit ~ Tuesday's #Writing #Inspiration #amwriting #amediting #amquerying #writingcommunity #writerslife #quote #quotes
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1976write · a day ago
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What You Need to Know About Affiliate Marketing Every affiliate marketer wants enough traffic to sell their own products. However, the truth is having lots of traffic doesn't always translate to lots of affiliate sales.
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1976write · a day ago
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An essential part of your author platform is your book product page.  People need a quick and easy way to access these links so they can order your books.
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1976write · a day ago
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Let's take a look at some steps to help you turn your writing into a real business.
Start Publishing Regularly This is when your writing stops being a hobby and starts being a serious business that needs a lot of work.
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furiouslywriting · 2 days ago
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Common grammatical/writing mistakes:
Capitals in dialogue tags (He said vs he said. He asked vs he asked. Always a lowercase.)
Not starting a new paragraph for a new speaker (and in some cases their actions attached to their dialogue)
To vs too (I'm going to vs too many)
Their vs there vs they're (their watch vs the watch is over there vs they're looking at the watch)
Possessive apostrophes! (If an object belongs to Tom it's "Tom's." If there's multiple people called Tom then it's "Toms".)
Run-on sentences (whilst not technically wrong, too many can be poor writing)
Lose vs loose (he didn't want to lose the game vs the chicken is loose)
That vs who ("the person that did it" should be "the person who did it")
Incorrect capitalisation in titles (lowercase for "the queen...", uppercase for "Queen Victoria")
Presence (sensing someone's presence) vs presents (gifts)
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1976write · 2 days ago
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People hire ghostwriters when they want someone else to write their literary or journalistic works, speeches and other content that can be officially recognised to someone else as the author.  Many celebrities, executives, political leaders, and sports personalities turn to ghostwriters to give them a draft or even edit their autobiography.  The ability to disappear is a sign of true mastery, and having the ability to impersonate someone else's writing.  Often screenwriters call upon the trusted eye of a ghostwriter to improve their scripts.
Read more about ghostwriting at 1976write.com
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1976write · 2 days ago
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Many successful writers started out in strange and sometimes even degrading work.  While most people would be sapped of all inspiration, many great authors and poets were stimulated enough to write some of their greatest work.
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1976write · 2 days ago
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Since the inception of the Internet, opportunities have emerged that were never dreamed of before.  You could liken this to the invention of the printing press, by Johannes Gutenberg in 1450.  People started building their own printing presses, creating work for writers everywhere.  All of these presses required books and printing materials.  Giving more people new opportunities to move up in the world.
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1976write · 2 days ago
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Strategies to persuade your readers.
You don't need to be the world's greatest grammarian to write copy that sells, in this post we're going to look at strategies that will persuade your reader, while improving your writing.  Empowering you to write copy that captivates your reader to take action and buy what you're selling.
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kiingocreative · 3 days ago
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The Structure of Story is now available! Check it out on Amazon, via the link in our bio, or at https://kiingo.co/book
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You might sometimes hear the advice that, “your character’s old approach to life should fail them.” Their old beliefs and defense mechanisms should no longer be an asset like they used to be in the character’s old world. Their beliefs and defense mechanisms should now be liabilities.
The reason for this is that it forces a character to change. If their old way of doing things doesn’t work, they need to search for a new one of doing things. But *how* do we setup a situation in which a character’s old approach to life fails them? One technique is to make use of an “influence community.”
Recall that an influence character is a character who embodies an opposite approach to life from the protagonist’s perspective. If the protagonist is all about control, the influence character is all about surrender. If the protagonist holds faith in the highest regard, the influence character values reason.
As the protagonist spends time with the influence character, they begin to learn about the opposite approach to life. They begin to see its value in various situations. And slowly, they may incorporate aspects of the other character’s worldview and approach to life.
An influence community functions in much the same way as an influence character but perhaps on a grander scale. An influence community is a community, society, or group of characters that embodies the opposite approach to life. The protagonist is then dropped into this community and forced to live among them.
As the protagonist learns the community’s customs, rituals, values, beliefs, approach to life, etc., the protagonist quickly finds out that their old way of doing things won’t fly in this community. Things they used to do to get what wanted now fail spectacularly.
Consider the movie Hook. Peter Banning is a successful lawyer. He’s the adult’s adult. And he’s completely shut out his inner child. After a series of events, his life is turned upside down and he’s thrust into a new world: Neverland. He must now live among a new community of Lost Boys.
The Lost Boys value play, imagination, joking, and what it means to be a child. This community values all the things that Peter Banning is not. And Peter quickly finds out that his old way of doing things (such as threatening lawsuits) doesn’t have any effect here. He’s in the world of children now. The world of adults will no longer serve him on this adventure.
The protagonist is reluctant to abandon their old approach to life, of course. They spent years solidifying their beliefs and defense mechanisms. And besides, their techniques have always worked before—maybe they just need to try harder.
The influence community is steadfast, however. The *protagonist* will need to change if they’re to get what they want.
At the midpoint beat of Hook, Peter finds himself at a feast of imaginary food. It’s here that he *finally* begins to see what life could be like if he found his inner child. He starts an imaginary food fight. He was *only* able to find the child within himself because his adult approach to life failed him so definitively within the community of The Lost Boys. He *had* to change. Later he discovers his happy thought, becomes Peter Pan, and the presence of his inner child (and character arc) is solidified.
There’s no need to ask, “How do I get my character to realize that their old way of living won't work?” Instead just put them in a community (or situation) where their old way of thinking is completely obsolete. Immerse them in an influence community.
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