WHY YOU DON’T HAVE TO WRITE THE NEXT GAME OF THRONES

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

Why You Don't Have to Write the Next Game of Thrones

This week’s post is going to look at current entertainment trends and what they have to do with your story.

Why don’t you have to write the next Game of Thrones?

Because that’s what everyone is doing. Don’t believe me?

Take a look at these articles on the new Castlevania Netflix original show and Star Trek: Discovery.

Netflix’s Castlevania Trailer, Release Date, Story, & Everything Else We Know by Matthew Byrd

Game of Thrones Inspired Star Trek: Discovery to Kill More Main Characters by Kelly Kanayama

Star Trek: Discovery producers take lessons from Game of Thrones by Corey Smith

I’m going to highlight a few things from each of these articles, so if you could take just a quick peep at each of them, that would be wonderful. =)

Loki from the Avengers movie sitting in a plane, smiling, and giving a thumbs up.

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WRITING WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW—LIBERTIES VS. RESEARCH

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

WRITING WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW—LIBERTIES VS. RESEARCH

Greetings to you! It has been a bit since my last post, though I hope you’ll excuse my absence—I was in Japan, and thus my mind was on all things Japanese! Japan is my heart country, and I would love the chance to live there for longer than a month at a time (both of my trips have been a month in length). Now that I am back on American time, I am excited to get back into my normal routine: writing! And writing a lot. =)

My significant other and I had a chance to hear Neil Gaiman (author of Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Sandman, et. al.) speak a few weeks ago, and when discussing Norse Mythology particularly, which is his own retelling of the Norse myths, he made an excellent point. To paraphrase, he said that it is a writer’s job to know just enough of a subject they are including in their book. Did he say you needed to be an expert in a subject? NO!

Here’s what he actually said:

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CRAFTING A BELIEVABLE ROMANCE: FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR OWN CHARACTER

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

CREATING A BELIEVABLE ROMANCE: FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR OWN CHARACTER

Hello, everyone! Happy to be back with you this week; last week I had a nasty bout of the flu that left me extremely exhausted and out of it, and I would much rather be enjoying time to work on this blog. So, without further ado, let’s begin!

This week is all about love. Gushy, mooshy love. But perhaps not the kind you’d think—this week, we’re going to embrace the slightly narcissistic side of ourselves, and fall in love with our own creation. How and why?

Let’s find out.

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ARE WRITERS REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

ARE WRITERS REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?

So this week is going to be a bit different from what I normally do. For those of you who have been reading for a while, you know I usually like to stick pretty strictly to “how to write” themed posts.

But today I’m going talk about why we write, and why it’s important to keep writing.

There’s been a lot of turmoil in the political/human rights world lately, and regardless of which side you are on, the whole situation has been very stressful. Facebook newsfeeds are starting to fill up with posts like, “ENJOY THIS PICTURE OF A HAPPY PUPPY BECAUSE LET’S FACE IT WE COULD ALL USE IT.”

But what about stories? What about words? Do people still need them, or are drive-by 0.5 seconds of puppies all the world needs right now?

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HOW TO WRITE FLAWED HEROES

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

HOW TO WRITE FLAWED HEROES

Evening, everyone! This week we are talking about something really awesome and potentially contradictory: flawed heroes!

We all know that your main character/protagonist/hero should have at least one or two character flaws. Maybe your character drinks a lot, or maybe they’re as greedy as Mr. Krabs despite having a heart of gold. (See what I did there?)

Mr. Krabs from Spongebob diving into pile of money

But why is it so important that your main character be flawed? Shouldn’t we leave all of the hyperbolic flaws to the villain?

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HOW TO WRITE LIKE AN A.I.

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

HOW TO WRITE LIKE AN A.I.

Maybe you haven’t heard, but there are people out there writing books now. And by people, I mean robots. And by robots, I mean A.I.

The future is here, folks. Artificial intelligence programs are writing short novels which are being entered into contests, like the Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award, which relatively recently opened up its metaphorical doors to non-human contestants. (Read more from this article: A Japanese AI program just wrote a short novel, and it almost won a literary prize by Chloe Olewitz.)

With things such as artificial intelligence programs competing, and competing successfully, with humans in the artistic field of writing, how can one ever hope to keep up? Aren’t computers just better than us?

Binary code in green over black background from The Matrix

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WRITING BELIEVABLE VILLAINS: THE CODE OF JUSTICE

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

WRITING BELIEVABLE VILLAINS: THE CODE OF JUSTICE

Happy New Year, everyone! We’re starting out the new year with Part Two of our series on Writing Believable Villains (Part 1: THE 7 WAYS TO WRITE A BELIEVABLE VILLAIN.)

Your villain is oftentimes not only as important as your protagonist, but also moreso. How can this be? Aren’t they just the opposite of each other?

The answer is, “They are the opposite of each other.” But how and why are necessary to understand before blazing in there and creating another stereotypical villain, because let’s face it: we all want to create a killer villain! (No pun intended.)

Captain Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation with his hand shamefully on his forehead

In musicals, isn’t it often the villain songs that are, for one reason or another, some of the best? Well, we want your written villain to feel the same—and this week we are going to use a song to demonstrate how creating those moments works.

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THE 7 WAYS TO WRITE A BELIEVABLE VILLAIN

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

THE 7 WAYS TO WRITE A BELIEVABLE VILLAIN

Well, I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas, and that you have a lovely New Year! This week, I thought what better way to bookend a year than by talking about villains who, as a general rule, hate new beginnings?

We’ve all seen villain stereotypes. The guy stroking his cat, Darth Vader who is so bad, but ends up so pitiful. Same with Loki—you want to see him change, and even worse (better?) you see the potential for him to be good, and make for himself a better life. But he never does. And most of our villains never take that chance.

BUT WHY?

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HOW TO BE ORIGINAL IN A CULTURE OF THE SAME

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

HOW TO BE ORIGINAL IN A CULTURE OF THE SAME

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, then you likely already know that waiting for one’s muse does not make one a writer; it makes one a waiter. We’ve dispelled the notion that creativity comes in flitting bursts and cannot hope to exist without that spark of Inspiration—a fickle mistress to all of us creatives.

Today we’re going to be talking about another well-heard piece of advice people often give to writers and other writers: “Be original.”

Is this possible in this day and age? How does one “be original?” What is original enough? These are some of the question we are going to explore in this week’s post.

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FEEDING YOUR FICTION: HOW TO READ AS A WRITER

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

FEEDING YOUR FICTION: HOW TO READ AS A WRITER

Happy December, everyone! It’s hard to believe it’s here already. And instead of stressing about finishing work by the end of the year, we’re going to be discussing something a little more relaxing today. =)

It is commonly heard and said that good writers read. It is also said that writers not only read…they read A LOT.

Well, I don’t know about you, but hearing that is encouraging, inspiring, and also terrifying and intimidating. I was an English major in undergrad, and also in grad school. In grad school, the common pace for one class, not to mention the others taken at the same time, was one novel a week.

Now, you may be the fastest reader in the world, but this was a real struggle for me to keep up with. Many weeks I would read about ¾ of the book, and have to skip to the end simply because I could not keep up.

And I’m here to tell you that that’s okay. When people say good writers read, or good writers read a lot, they don’t define what they read or how much. A lot for a fast reader might be a few books in a week. For me, it’s reading a book every few weeks, or even one a month, or even less often that that, depending on what else is going on in my life.

But the important thing is that I am at least reading every week. I try to read a little every day, even if it’s just a few pages between things. My days are pretty full, but yesterday I found time to read at an appointment, and again before bed.

Thus this week’s post is going to cover

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO READ – FOR YOUR WRITING AND YOURSELF

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