Fire and blood

Halloween. The day I become a Valyrian princess. I hate watching children take what’s rightfully mine. If my parents bought it, isn’t the candy MINE? Yet, children come like crowds of beggars to steal all the happiness I could’ve had. What am I to do, go trick or treating? What would I go as, a […]

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Writers Need Sleep

Sleep: The unspoken component of writing. Rest is vital to brain function. But the amount of sleep a writer needs is often overlooked, unspoken of. I’m here to break the silence: The better rested I am, the more creative I become. I objectively notice sleep deprivation hinders my work progress. When I experience Writer’s Block, lack of […]

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Why J.K. Rowling is the BEST

I started re-reading Harry Potter. Got through the first two books, and they were alright—I certainly enjoyed these two more as a child. Got to the third one, it was alright until the climax. Wow, The Prisoner of Azkaban, when Snape walks in on Sirius Black, Lupin and Worm Tail. Literally the worse situation that could’ve […]

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Life, Writing, Story

Hi everyone, It’s been a while since I posted. Here’s an update: Personal life I applied to dental school this year, was waitlisted but didn’t receive final admission. Now I’m left with a year off. I could write full-time since I live with my parents (yes, I’m a 23-year-old parasite). However, it might be best if I […]

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Please Edit Your Book… =/

As I grow as a writer, I grow as a reader. (What comes first, the chicken or the egg?) However, I also recognize a third change, or variable: my patience. It grows thin for terrible writing. Teenage (North American) school girls would describe the phenomena as, “I can’t even!” Seriously. I just can’t. When I […]

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Story Weaving

Writing a story is akin to weaving a quilt that provides maximum comfort to your audience. Each idea, a cotton boll, is picked and placed in a basket. The cotton is spun into thread. Thousands of threads are then woven into sheets: large collections of coherent ideas to be cut into bits. After arranging the bits, you […]

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Creativity, a Sponge

I’ve come to realize, creativity behaves like a sponge. In between uses, while I’m immersed in beautiful literature, the sponge becomes saturated. It drips. Yearns to be squeezed. Then, I get writing, squeezing every last drop until the sponge is a desert. Through its face, what starts to build, are chasms. Creativity temporarily dried, I […]

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How do you Plot?

A question for writers: How do you plot? Please share your tricks and methods to keep everything organized! I’m trying to devise an approach for myself. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.   Cheers, Thomas J. Benedict   Note: Wow, has some great answers to writing questions.

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New to Writing

  Near the end of my science degree, I discovered the genre Fantasy. It was amazing. I found the language, concepts, and deep meanings (themes) very appealing. And, I was sick of science research. Why? Long story. What I find ironic is, as a science student in research, I gained exposure to writing. Of course, […]

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