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Story vs. Tropes

In a lot of circles of discussion, reviews and writing advice, there’s an intense awareness of tropes. Hardly a story goes by without some accusation of a trope being thrown at it: “Mary Sue,” “fridging,” “the chosen one,” etc. Tropes … Continue reading

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Embracing Unoriginality

There are two main things that got me to actually finish a draft. One was episodic structure (more on that… sometime). And the second was embracing unoriginality. There’s something very intrinsic-feeling about our reactions to unoriginality. Praise for a new … Continue reading

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The Three Drafting Mindsets that Made it Happen

Unfortunately, for all my “revelations,” I can’t really point to any one thing, one trick, that made me able to finish a draft. I did come up with a shift in my perspective of the project—making it YA, for some … Continue reading

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The Myths We Make

If you’re anything like me (and for your sake, I hope you’re not), then you have developed a finely-tuned idea “diagnostic.” Any idea, however fragmentary, is run through a gamut of parameters meant to test its viability—for writing, for reading, … Continue reading

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One in the Crowd

You see a summary of the new book (or movie, or TV show) that everyone is talking about. And it looks pretty good… but wait. Wait a minute. That sounds like… But it can’t be… Yep. It sounds exactly like … Continue reading

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Originality

Originality is one of those elusive qualities about storytelling that everyone seems to have a different opinion on. Some people celebrate originality for its own merits, praising original works in blurbs on the front cover with adverbs like “blindingly,” and … Continue reading

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