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Should I handwrite my story, or should I write it on computer?
If you want your book to be lengthy, I'd recommend the computer. Writer's cramps and carpal tunnel syndrome are a definite risk when writing things on physical paper. However, if you do end up writing by hand, I'd suggest doing light wrist exercises before and after writing.
Personally, I write my best work in Microsoft Word or Google Docs. It's easier to save, and gets rid of the possibility of losing any physical papers. That being said, be sure to back up your files frequently in case your computer crashes.
on Aug 06, 2017
What are some cliches to avoid when writing fantasy?
A good rule of thumb for any story is to try and avoid overly simple characters. Rich backstories and good character interactions make for a much better plot.
If there is a female character, I'd recommend staying away from the "fainting princess/damsel in distress" approach. It's been done to *****. In recent years, more independant female characters have become increasingly popular with audiences/readers.
That being said, also try and avoid overly-heroic male characters. You know, the kinds that have no personality outside of being incredibly strong and princess-saving. Each character should have their own strengths, but it's also their weaknesses that make them relatable to readers.
Remember to develop your villains just as much as your heroes. Why are they the "bad guy"? Do they think they're the hero in their own mind, or do they just enjoy doing evil for the fun of it? Readers want to know what makes the baddies are so bad.
But if there's one thing that you should remember, it's this:
Readers/audiences appreciate a character more for their efforts than their successes. If a hero succeeds every time, it gets boring fast. What makes a hero a hero is the fact that they're willing to stand up to evil, win or lose. Losses are lessons to learn and grow from, use that to your advantage.
on Aug 06, 2017
What classic should I read?
I have a bunch, but I'll list most of them.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Pride and Prejudice
The Catcher in the Rye
The Great Gatsby
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Wizard Of Oz
The Three Musketeers
The Secret Garden
Sense and Sensibility
*Not in order of favorites, just randomness!!
on Jun 28, 2017
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