5 of My Favorite Writing Resources

5 of My Favorite Writing Resources

I meant to do a deep post for today, but I’m behind in my scheduling and allergy season has kicked in. However, I’ve been meaning to share some of my favorite writing resources for awhile now, and figured this was a good week for it. Here are five of the ones I use the most.

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5 AWESOME (Fictional) Writers

5 AWESOME Fictional Writers

The people who create stories are writers. Pretty obvious, right? And most people like seeing parts of themselves in characters sometimes, right? That means a lot of writers will be tempted to write characters who write. And that means there are several awesome writer characters out there. Here are some of the top five.

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4 Reasons Why Fanfiction Can be More Beneficial to Write

4 Reasons Why Fanfiction can be More Beneficial to Write

Fanfiction has a messy reputation in the writing world. Some authors are very vocal in their opinion that it’s a waste of time, while others consider it an honor to have their works written about.

Even if people are okay with it, and maybe sneakily write some fanfiction of their own on the side, it’s still often considered as a subpar activity to ‘real’ writing. It’s treated as entertainment, not art. But sometimes, writing fanfiction can be more beneficial to a writer than working on an original work, and here are four reasons why this is.

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The Raven Cycle: 3 Ways to Capture Life on the Page

The Raven Cycle 3 Ways to Capture Life on the Page

The Raven Cycle, by Maggie Stiefvater, is a strange series. Technically, it’s about a hunt for an old Welsh king, but I think cars are described in more detail than the hunt itself. Technically, the characters are on a quest, but they spend more time street racing or working than searching. Technically, there’s romance, but the friendship struggles take up far more pages. Through these technicalities, Maggie Stiefvater captures real life on the pages of a fantasy series.

Spoilers ahead.

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3 Tips on Writing the Opening Scene

3 Tips on Writing the Opening Scene

The opening scene. It’s either a writer’s favorite scene to write… or their least favorite. There’s so much at stake in making it right- agents may only read your first five pages before deciding to pass. And if someone’s browsing in a bookstore or library, you have maybe a paragraph to interest them. It needs to be good enough to make them invest hours of their time into reading your book.

No pressure.

There’s a lot that goes into making a great first scene. Here are three things I keep in mind when writing my opening scenes.

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When Your Manuscript is Too Short (and 4 Ways to Fix It)

When Your Manuscript is Too Short (and 4 Ways to Fix It)

I see so many tips and lessons on cutting down a manuscript. It seems like many authors struggle with writing too much, with cramming to many ideas in.

I suffer from the opposite problem. My manuscript is too short- it’s closer to a novella than a novel. I’m sure I can’t be the only one with this issue, so I thought I’d share four ways I’m finding to fix it.

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3 Major Blogging Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them)

3 Major Blogging Pitfalls And How to Avoid Them

I love running a blog. It’s a great motivation to make writing a part of my everyday schedule, I enjoy organizing my thoughts on bookish topics into (semi) clear arguments, and I like connecting with other bloggers with similar interests. If you’re interested in starting a blog, I’d definitely encourage you to go for it!

But there are a few potential pitfalls to blogging. If left unchecked, they can lead to frustration with blogging and even writing in general, which is the exact opposite of what running a blog should do.

Whether you’re considering starting a blog, a new blogger, or a regular blogger who needs a reminder, here are three pitfalls I’ve encountered and how you can avoid them.

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5 AWESOME Friendships

5 AWESOME Friendships

Friends are awesome (no matter what Sherlock says). However, books and movies often favor other relationships over friendships, which is disappointing. I want to read about people supporting each other, not kissing each other.

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Why Christian Fiction Shouldn’t be Just ‘Okay’

Why Christian Fiction Shouldn't be just 'Okay' (1)

Do you ever hear, “Oh, that was good… for a Christian movie”? Or, “I liked it… since it was a Christian book”? There are two assumptions at play here. The first is that ‘Christian’ automatically equals ‘inferior’ and the second is that that’s fine.

Both of these assumptions are terribly wrong.

(Side note: I’m going to try to get through this post without referencing Narnia or Tolkien. Wish me luck.)

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