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How To Write Characters From Different Cultures

How Can You Write Diverse Characters (without Stereotyping)?

In this age of extreme opinions, it’s hard to write diverse characters…

…which means you should write them anyway.

We live in an age where the most dramatic opinion always gets attention:

  • Extreme social justice movements on one side
  • And horrendously disrespectful ideologies growing (should I say mutating?) on the other

Right now, writing about other cultures and backgrounds feels like a minefield.

Should you write characters from outside your own background or culture?

…and how do you do it?

In this article, I’ll give you a few guidelines to navigate through the minefield.

These guidelines will enable you to respectfully portray “other” characters – without making them plain, boring, or predictable. Continue reading How Can You Write Diverse Characters (without Stereotyping)?

19 Best Writing YouTube Channels

19 Best Writing Channels on YouTube

You might be surprised by all the “hidden gems” for writers on YouTube:

  • Interviews with Bestselling authors
  • Consistently updated Writing Channels
  • And even full-length Writing Courses… 100% free

It ain’t easy to find them all.

Well, it wasn’t for me.

But for you – I’ve compiled all the best YouTube Writing Channels and Videos here in one simple list, so you can better achieve to your writing goals:

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No Rules in Writing

Why There Are No “Rules” in Writing

My favorite writers are rebels.

Most of them know the rules of writing… and break them anyway.

Look at these examples:

  • Isaac Asimov thrived on “info dumps”
    • Info dumps are supposed to be boring.
  • The Hunger Games starts with Katniss’s wake-up routine.
    • Don’t start with the wake-up. This is amateur writing 101!
  • Harry Potter doesn’t have a consistent point of view
    • Mr. Dursley takes up the first chapter… and we never get his POV again.

But all of them are breakout best sellers.

Which can only mean one thing…

Continue reading Why There Are No “Rules” in Writing

3 Vital Keys to Every Great Horror Story

The gate swings open.

Beyond the rusted iron bars, you see only darkness. A note lies at your feet.

Fresh, red ink reads:

“Dear Writer,

I know what you want:

The secrets to writing a truly great horror story.

Enter my domain, and you will have what you seek – but beware –

Enter softly, and enter alone. There are things in this place that are best left undisturbed…

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How to “Fail Better” at Your 2018 Writing Goals

One of my 2018 writing goals:

“Fail as much as possible.”

I want to fail at more writing projects. I want to get more rejections letters. I want to finish books, and have them completely bomb.

In order to do that… I’ll have to write more. Lots more. I’m talking mountains of paper and 1,000,000+ words that nobody will ever read.

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Too Many Characters? | A “Star Wars” Writing Tip

Was The Last Jedi a bad movie?

Critics think it’s great…

…but for audiences, this is the worst-rated Star Wars Movies ever. Yep, even worse than The Phantom Menace.

I’m still on the fence.

However, there is one glaring problem in Star Wars Ep. 8:

There are too many characters.

Let me show you how they could have fixed this problem, and how you can fix this problem in your own writing:

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