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Jan
11th
2016

Being a Better Writer: Said and Other Repetitive Words · 9:57pm Jan 11th, 2016

Today's post is going to be a shorter one, as I still have more near-final proofreading to get done by tomorrow on Unusual Events, and I need to get to work on that to make sure I reach the January 19th upload date (after which you'll be able to pre-order it, huzzah!).

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Sep
26th
2016

Being a Better Writer: Static Backdrop · 10:10pm Sep 26th, 2016

You ever watch an old movie? Not like black-and-white, pre-talkies era, but forties or fifties-era flick. You know, color, but early color, surprisingly regular inclination to break into song and dance?

It was a thing.

Anyway, if you've ever sat down and watched one of these older flicks with friends, family, or even on your lonesome, it's likely that at some point during the runtime of the film, a comment similar to the following was made:

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Nov
8th
2016

Being a Better Writer: Characters with Weaknesses · 12:57am Nov 8th, 2016

Welcome back! And welcome newcomers! I've been getting a lot of hits from Reddit's r/writing, so those of you that are new, welcome to Unusual Things!

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May
15th
2017

Being a Better Writer: Keeping Things Moving and in Context · 7:59pm May 15th, 2017

So this last weekend I came to a conclusion. I'd spent the week writing, as usual, working on the first draft of Jungle (you know, that sequel to that Colony book everyone keeps talking about), but between being sick and low on sleep (said sickness really, really wanted me to sleep), something just wasn't clicking. Something about the chapter I was working on, even when I finished it, felt off.

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Nov
28th
2016

Being a Better Writer: Working in Important Little Details · 5:09pm Nov 28th, 2016

Right, so a quick one today. I’m actually typing this out at 1 AM. Why? Well, because remember a few weeks back when I had a dentist appointment that shoved Being a Better Writer back a few days? Well, I’ve got another one in ten hours (shudder). Which, given my enjoyment of dentists … You saw the “shudder” back there, didn’t you?

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Mar
21st
2016

Being a Better Writer: The Process of Editing · 9:38pm Mar 21st, 2016

Editing is a curious thing. Almost everyone agrees that it’s something a written work needs to have. But by the same token, it’s one thing that I’ve noticed that, in my time as an author, many people don’t actually agree upon or know much about what it entails. The most accurate consensus I could assemble from what I’ve read and heard from casual writers (not dedicated authors) or the average layperson is that editing is about making a written work better. It’s about fixing the

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Jun
28th
2016

Being a Better Writer: Writing a Mentor · 9:04pm Jun 28th, 2016

Jun
26th
2017

Being a Better Writer: Audience and Shifting Reader Culture · 8:57pm Jun 26th, 2017

This post can also be found at my website, Unusual Things. The superior reading experience is found there.

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Sep
18th
2017

Being a Better Writer: Comedy - Good, Not Cheap · 10:02pm Sep 18th, 2017

Jan
24th
2018

BaBW: Sympathetic Villains Follow-Up · 8:11pm Jan 24th, 2018

Well readers, I made a mistake. Not a massive one, but a mistake nonetheless. Kind of a relieving one, too, since I'd been waiting for this shoe to drop for a while now (I had to screw up with one of these posts eventually). But I did screw up.

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May
8th
2018

Being a Better Writer: Research and Ramifications · 10:38pm May 8th, 2018

Jun
30th
2021

Being a Better Writer Topic Call! · 6:41pm June 30th

THE TIME HAS COME! And yes, I almost linked that bit from Dipper’s Guide to the Unexplained #82 there. It was … tempting.

Anyway, those of you that have been around for a while will know exactly what this post is for. It’s time … to submit reader-request topics for Being a Better Writer!

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Dec
7th
2015

Being a Better Writer: Always Keep Learning · 7:41pm Dec 7th, 2015

Shorter post today guys, one in line with some thoughts I've had over the last few days. Let me start by telling you a story.

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Aug
14th
2015

Being a Better Writer: Perspectives · 9:35pm Aug 14th, 2015

Perspective. It's important.

I'll be honest, part of me right now simply wants to link that wonderful scene from Pixar's Ratatouille wherein Anton Ego sits down for a meal and orders "perspective." Mostly just because it's a fun scene, and Anton is such a fun character. I mean, his nickname is "The Grim Eater," what's not to love about that?

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Jul
13th
2015

Being a Better Writer: Foils · 8:10pm Jul 13th, 2015

When I was younger, there was a point in my life where I was really, really into dissecting the games I played. And I don't just mean in story. I took those games apart. I learned to open and edit .ini files to put campaign-only units into skirmish games, or how to break the game in ways that designers never anticipated. I dove into the files. I put games through the wringer.

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Mar
12th
2018

Being a Better Writer: Topic Call! · 7:05pm Mar 12th, 2018

Mar
13th
2018

Being a Better Writer: Holidays · 5:56pm Mar 13th, 2018

May
15th
2018

Being a Better Writer: Cover Art · 12:25am May 15th, 2018

Oct
20th
2018

Classic Being a Better Writer: The Art of Misdirection · 9:24pm Oct 20th, 2018

Euugh. Today was supposed to be a catch-up day for writing. As well as a day when I got up and put up this post first thing in the morning. And then … I woke up at around eleven with a fuzzy head and light sore throat … and then I feel back asleep and woke up at 1 … and then I actually crawled out of bed at 3 a few minutes ago … We’ll see if I get any writing done, but from prior experience of forcing myself to write when my brain is like this and then deleting it all the moment my mind comes

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Apr
2nd
2018

Being a Better Writer: Less is More? The Art of Cutting in Editing · 10:26pm Apr 2nd, 2018

Welcome, readers, to something new!

Have you noticed what it is yet? I’ll give you a clue. Check the sidebar. Even if you had adblock, it’ll be a little different. Still not sure? Check the address at the top of the page.

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