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Sep
5th
2016

Being a Better Writer: My Personal Editing Process · 5:49pm Sep 5th, 2016

Welcome back! So, very quickly, first the news, nice and quick: There's a Labor Day Sale. You should check it out. Boom, done, on to the next docket: The Dragon Award winners have been announced, and there are some who are very unhappy about it (guess who?). If curious, check that out here.

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May
23rd
2017

Being a Better Writer: The Keystone · 6:29pm May 23rd, 2017

Welcome back readers! As you may have guessed from this posting date, I had another Monday shift at my part time, hence why you’re getting this today (I’m at the moment writing it up during the early evening of the 22nd, so you’re reading this in what would technically be the future). Nothing too unusual there.

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Oct
18th
2016

Being a Better Writer: Connecting with Characters · 8:33pm Oct 18th, 2016

I went out with my buddies to see a movie late last night.

I won't tell you the title, as it isn't important for our purposes right now, but I will tell you that it wasn't that fantastic a film. It was ... I suppose "adequate" is the best word I could use to describe it. But nothing more. The film wasn't exactly grand. It was simply ... a film. A sequence of events, with some action, some attempt at drama, etc.

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Jan
17th
2019

The Most-Read BaBW Post to Date · 8:46pm January 17th

Full musing here.

So, I got curious the other day and started digging through site history on here. Why? Well, I can look at stats here on a yearly basis (but not lifetime, for some odd reason) and started wondering about each year’s most popular Being a Better Writerposts. What, I wondered, was the most popular (read: one with the most views) to date?

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Sep
19th
2016

Being a Better Writer: Sidekicks · 10:56pm Sep 19th, 2016

The original concept for this post, or rather I should say request as that's what it was, was for information regarding a comedic sidekick. But I've decided to expand on that a little for two reasons. First, dying is easy, but comedy is hard. Really hard. I envy those who can write comedy, like Adams, Prachett, Taylor, or Korman. It's a serious talent. The art of regularly keeping a comedic tone, building things up for comedic beats not just every once and a while, but with

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Aug
3rd
2015

Being a Better Writer: Setting Sights Higher · 9:16pm Aug 3rd, 2015

Today's topic, despite its lateness, is one that I feel is important. It's not a long topic, nor do I think it will take much time to discuss, but it's something that needs to be said.

Set your sights higher.

In fairness, that's a good statement ... but it's also pretty vague. So, what am I actually talking about? Let's start with a little backstory.

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Feb
14th
2017

Being a Better Writer: Taxes · 9:23pm Feb 14th, 2017

Fair warning, this is not going to be a happy post. A lot of times I try to deliver good news or positive vibes with my posts, but today? Well, today you're probably going to leave unhappy. You'll see why in a bit.

So, you've been published! Your book is out in the wild, selling copies and making you dough! Success! You're on the way to riches, watching with glee and satisfaction as money slowly funnels into your bank accounts or arrives in publisher's checks.

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Aug
31st
2015

Being a Better Writer: Keeping Motivation on Longer Works · 9:32pm Aug 31st, 2015

Welcome back, everyone! Being a Better Writer has returned at last! I know it's only been two weeks since the last post, but honestly, with all that's going on it felt like quite a bit longer.

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Jun
29th
2015

Being a Better Writer: Starting Romance · 9:59pm Jun 29th, 2015

As you might have noticed if you're one of those who waits on the morning of, today's post is a little late. My apologies. I wasn't quite as quick to arise this morning because I was catching up on sleep. And I was doing that because the injury I gave myself on Saturday didn't let me sleep that well that same night. Turns out, cracked ribs can be quite the pain. Who knew, aside from those with cracked ribs.

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Feb
8th
2016

Being a Better Writer: Romance · 9:57pm Feb 8th, 2016

Don't forget, Unusual Events is out!
This post can also be found at Unusual Things

Well, this should be a short one. That, or today we'll be learning from the mentality of "Those who don't, teach."

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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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Feb
15th
2016

Being a Better Writer: Some LTUE Tidbits · 9:13pm Feb 15th, 2016

I keep forgetting this, but this post is also available at my site, Unusual Things!

Hey everyone! Welcome back to this week's Being a Better Writer post, which as you may have noticed, is a little late.

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May
10th
2016

Being a Better Writer: Author Morals and Character Morals · 8:03pm May 10th, 2016

Welcome back, everyone! I'm sure many of you wondered where I was yesterday, since BaBW is primarily a Monday -specific post. Rest assured, all is well. I just had a shift at my other job yesterday that was all day. Didn't seem worth posting once more that I wasn't going to be able to post due to that since I'd already given enough warning that such was going to happen, so I figured most would be okay enough if I left things for today.

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Nov
16th
2015

Being a Better Writer: Should I Build a Plot Structure? · 10:09pm Nov 16th, 2015

Sorry for the lateness today, guys. I'll see about making these more timely in the future.

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Feb
6th
2018

Being a Better Writer: Westerns · 11:26pm Feb 6th, 2018

Just in case you missed it, there was a quick news post that went up just before this post. Be sure to check it out! It's got all the news you need to know!

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May
23rd
2016

Being a Better Writer: Playing Out Your Puzzle Pieces · 8:51pm May 23rd, 2016

Welcome back, readers, to a Monday post that’s actually on a Monday! BaBW is back to its proper day once more! So, to commemorate the occasion, what’s today’s writing topic?

Puzzle pieces.

I can see the curious, questioning looks even from here in the past, so let me explain a little further.

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Feb
22nd
2016

Being a Better Writer: Likable Unlikable Characters · 9:56pm Feb 22nd, 2016

Welcome back to another Being a Better Writer post! I've got a lot to do today (tax season) so I'm diving right into this one as quickly as possible. Today's topic comes from the request post I made several months ago (which I've been slowly digging through ever since), but it's a topic that I've heard brought up before in writing panels as well as in other places. And it's a good question, one every author will either probably consider or run afoul of in the course of their

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