What are your advices on writing a story?

The answer to this question — without meaning to sound snide — is to learn the craft of writing fiction. Note that I said the craft, not the art, because they are two different things and — good news — a craft can be learned. There are workshops, books, online courses, free information everywhere that …

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Are first person novels more personal?

This is a personal answer. How it seems to me. Other writers may see things differently. I believe first person novels are more personal, not because of anything intrinsic about the writing itself but, rather, because the act of writing in the first person takes the author deeply into the view-point character’s mind, thoughts, feelings, …

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What are some good tips for writing a fantasy novel?

The fantasy genre is huge and varied. So first you should figure out which sub-genre you will choose. There’s High Fantasy, with speech and word patterns that somewhat resemble old English and usually involve royalty and royal magic. There’s Urban Fantasy that’s contemporary, though it may or may not take place in a city. There’s …

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How do you stay organized when conveying your thoughts in writing, and is it really that important to the reader?

Absolutely, it’s important to the reader! If your mind is messy, your writing will also be messy. But whether you organize consciously or unconsciously isn’t important. All that matters is that you know what you wish to say and that you say it competently and succinctly so your reader will know exactly what’s in your …

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How should I write a dream of one of the characters in my narrative?

The usual way to make sure the reader knows they are reading a dream sequence is to make the physical look of the passage different from what goes before and afterwards. This can be done by writing the dream sequence in italics or by marking the beginning and end in some way, such as whatever …

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How would your writing change if you wrote the concept for a character and their role in a story and then randomly assigned their gender (assuming your writing doesn’t involve the ‘traditional’ gendered roles like women nurture and men protect)?

The answer to this question is totally personal because my writing, like the writing of every author, is personal. It wouldn’t make any difference in my character as long as I hadn’t already begun writing because, once I had the gender assigned, I’d proceed with the subconscious awareness of the character’s gender and that would …

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I’d like to start writing more. I used to be rather creative but it has been a long time. What is a good way to start being creative and writing prose again?

The usual answer is: start a journal. It’s a good way to simply let you mind wander while you get back into the creative stream of writing. I’ve never had a journal. Tried it several times and it never worked for me. In fact, I hated it. For me, simply taking a walk does the …

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