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Throwback Thursday: Should You Use Profanity in Your Story?

This all got me thinking about the use of profanity in fiction. We authors walk a fine line between realism and rudeness, especially when it comes to writing dialogue. Where do you draw the line?

Well… it depends.

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Monday Motivation

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.

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Establishing a Daily Writing Routine

I’m not going to harp on too much about the importance of having a long-term routine since I’m pretty sure I’ve already written about it several times. Instead lets talk about what we do when we actually sit down to write.

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Throwback Thursday: The Overwhelming Art of World-Building

Research is, undeniably, one of the most important stages of writing a story. Understanding the time and place your story is set in will enable you to make that story more true to life, and therefore, more compelling. But what if you are writing a fantasy, set in an imaginary world? Make no mistake: research is just as important in fantasy as it is in non-fantasy, perhaps even more so since you are creating a world from scratch. If you’re writing a historical fiction set during the Spanish Civil War, you probably won’t need to research whether or not gravity existed in Spain or what colour the grass was. We can take these things for granted in non-fantasy, but in fantasy you need to become an expert on your entire world… and still make time to actually write the story!

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Monday Motivation

One day I will find the right words and they will be simple.

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Musings on Fiction in the World of COVID-19

Can you write a cosy locked room mystery with social distancing? How do romance novels work when you’re not allowed within more than 2 meters of people who don’t live in your house?

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Monday Motivation

It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.

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Monday Motivation

I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it.

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Monday Motivation

I only write when I’m inspired, so I see to it that I’m inspired every morning at nine o’clock.

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Monday Motivation

Your idea sucks. You know it to be true. But that’s okay, because all ideas suck until you turn them into a story.

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