A Fascinating Video on the Writing of ASOIAF/GOT from Just Write

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rhMu6FFJPw I've only just recently discovered this channel and this video is so accessible and understandable that I am definitely going to be watching more of these videos in the future. An excellent video on the writing of ASOIAF/GOT and, in particular, on good characterisation that I really want to share with my follows.

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Infantilisation in The Handmaid’s Tale

Children are something of a national obsession in Gilead. Who has children, who hasn’t, who deserves children, who don’t, e.t.c. Everyone from the Commanders down wants a child. However, while the Commanders of the Faithful do their level best to force as many children out of as many Handmaids as possible, they also find it… Continue reading Infantilisation in The Handmaid’s Tale

10 Great 10 Minute Fixes to 10 Common Plot Problems! — K. D. Dowdall

A very helpful post from K. D. Downdall. I have certainly hit a lot of these problems during my writing and these are great solutions. Some years ago, I found this interesting and these helpful fixes to writing problems that I come in handy. Good fiction takes time. You cannot sit down at the keyboard… Continue reading 10 Great 10 Minute Fixes to 10 Common Plot Problems! — K. D. Dowdall

A Great Motivational Video from Extra Credits

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDjrOaoHz9s I love the Extra History series on the Youtube channel, Extra Credits, and their videos on video games and gaming culture are just as fascinating. Though this video is all about video games, the advice is so applicable to writing and any kind of creative medium that I felt that I really ought to… Continue reading A Great Motivational Video from Extra Credits

3 Tips From My Failure As an Author — A Writer’s Path

by Kelsie Engen You’re standing on one mountain summit, and there are fifty miles between the next mountaintop to which you’re expected to jump. Any step you take, any direction, and you’re going to go crashing to the ground, lucky to escape with your life. There will be bruises, broken bones, broken pride, despair, […] via… Continue reading 3 Tips From My Failure As an Author — A Writer’s Path

Novel Writing Questions No. 8: How many redrafts are enough redrafts?

I've just finished looking over another redraft of my novel. I'm on the fourth redraft at the moment and I'm curious to know: when does redrafting stop being redrafting and start being nitpicking/over-perfectionism/denial-that-the-book-just-isn't-good? I've heard stories of writers rewriting a story as many as nine times before they're satisfied but I'd like to hear how… Continue reading Novel Writing Questions No. 8: How many redrafts are enough redrafts?

Novel Writing Questions No. 7: World-Planning Or Story-Planning First

Okay, I'm moving away from structure questions and more into pre-writing questions. When you're writing a novel, do you write the world first or the story first? If you're writing a fantasy or science fiction novel set in an alternate universe or a different planet, the choice may seem obvious but, if you want a… Continue reading Novel Writing Questions No. 7: World-Planning Or Story-Planning First