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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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Write Everyday with these 9 Habit-boosting Strategies

His fingers drip with ink; his face – with sweat. The candlelight flickers, casting shadows across the spidery, illegible scratch and ink stains.

Inching closer to the page, the Writer inches reads from his own words – “…to become a real writer, to climb the ranks into Authorship, one must write everyday.

But, like all of life’s solutions, there is a problem. As he chews on his quill, a new question rolls around his mind…

How DO you Write Everyday? 

These 9 strategies will help you build a daily writing habit so powerful, your own friends and family will think something is wrong with you:

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Writer’s Guide: How to Pace Your Story

There was a nervous energy rippling through the rows of people. Through the window, I could see the brilliant orange and purple sunset dripping below the horizon.

I couldn’t pinpoint the exact moment the airplane started moving, but I could tell we were picking up speed. With a lurch, we were off the ground – rattling and bouncing in our cramped seats. My body thought it was still at ground level, while my stomach seemed to know we were several hundred feet higher than that.

There was a crunching sound as our plane rose suddenly into the air and dropped.

The woman next to me  gasped. A child started bawling. The lights flicked on, and the stewards rushed to find their seats – yet, during the action all I could think about was:

This is exactly how you pace a story. 

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Writing and the Importance of Imperfection

Let me tell you the truth: You will never write the perfect anything.

You will not write the perfect poem, nor the perfect essay. All of your novels will be riddled with flaws and failings and weak writing. Even if you spend eight weeks on your next blog post, it will not be perfect.

Let me tell you the truth: Perfect is boring. Flaws are good.

This is the story of how I learned to embrace my writing imperfections. Hopefully, you will learn a thing or two from this tale.

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Reddit Work Interpret Writing

Who cares about authorial intent?

Last week, the ‘Front Page of the Internet’ went insane. Again.

This is the perfect time to talk about ownership, authorial intent, and why you have no control over what your audience thinks. And, hell, why not start a discussion?

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Outline

Didn’t you know? A bad outline is the death of a good story.

How can you be creative when everything is already planned out for you?

No emotion in the writer, no emotion in the reader.

How can you follow this rule when you already know everything that’s going to happen?

Like an overbearing parent, a detailed outline can suck all the danger and excitement out of your next story. Here’s a post from NY Book Editors that explains all the problems writers, especially newer writers, cause for themselves whenever they outline their work.

So that’s it? All this talk about how dangerous outlines are, let’s just forget about them?

Please. If not for your sake, think of your readers. You gotta outline.

WHY? You’re a creative person, and you’ve got a million ideas, and whenever you sit down to write, you always seem to come up with more. What do YOU need an outline for?

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Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road

What’s Wrong with Mad Max: Fury Road?

Redemption [ri-demp-shuh n] noun. –

1. an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed.

This is for you, George Miller. I don’t know if you chose the wrong theme for your film, or you forgot what you were writing halfway through, but if you want a lesson on choosing a theme, then go read this. It might help you focus on the right theme next time (the word you were looking for was ‘salvation,’ not redemption).

Now that’s out of the way, let me tell you what I thought about Mad Max: Fury Road:

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