Tropes are everywhere in fiction. You can't write a book without them. But when you spot the same trope in story after story, maybe it starts to become a genre cliché.
It's been 3 weeks since I finished my first draft and since then, it's been a roller coaster of emotions I'm sure you can all relate to.
As a once stubborn pantser, I swore to never outline my stories. I believed outlines were for people who couldn't write without one and pitied writers who had to 'resort' to them. Many crappy drafts and abandoned drafts later, I think I've seen the light. And the light is a giant neon sign saying 'MAKE AN OUTLINE, STUPID'.
After 6 embarrassing years and a graveyard of unfinished WIPs, I finally finished my first draft today! Yes, that's right. It actually took me the better half of a decade to finish a measly first draft that barely clocks in at 40k words. I blame my perfectionism and Netflix.
A writer is a rare creature to encounter in the wild, away from their natural habitat of soft blankets and hot tea. During our expedition into the secret world of these wordsmiths, we've identified seven different types of writers. Which one are you?
After blogging for a grand total of one month, I've decided to dish out advice literally no one asked me for. So buckle in while we run through seven of the most essential blogging tips & tricks I stole from other bloggers' posts of the exact same topic!
Welcome to back another session of Hack Writers Anonymous with our resident literary genius, Cordelia von Smutt! This week's questions address writer laziness, pop psychology, and YA fiction priorities.