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How to detach yourself from a character you're going to kill?

You don't. To put it in more words: the audience has to get attached to make the death relevant. You want her death to be a wake-up call, a touch of realism and a reminder of what war is. Sure, there ...
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What's the point of writing that I know will never be used or read?

For many years --decades actually --my goal with every piece of writing I wrote was that it be read and appreciated by someone. There were plenty of things I wrote that didn't achieve that goal, and ...
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Want to write, have ideas, no story telling techniques or experience, feeling lost?

Take a dimly lit corner of your universe and one of your lesser characters and start writing some of their backstory as an in-the-moment adventure, not an aspect of someone's history. You know by the ...
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How do I go from 300 unfinished/half written blog posts, to published posts?

I might be able to help; I spent my whole young life moving from project to project without finishing anything. Now I am a casually famous horror author whose work is unusually popular on YouTube, and ...
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Doubt on the trope "power trio": what are their psychological basis?

Power trios are often "Freudian trios." One of the best arguments I've seen about the psychology of power trios is that each trio has a character that loosely represents Freud's ...
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How do discovery writers hibernate?

I am a discovery writer. I agree with Liquid, I don't leave it alone. If I get stuck, I edit my story so far. I will start reading, from the beginning, and if I see anything worth fixing, I do. If I ...
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Act 3 totally broken...keep writing?

Fix it now. If you realize you made a mistake, go back and fix it now. Not, I stress, because the last 20K would be "wasted," because no writing is wasted, but because it's clearly blocking you and ...
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How can you write when you're upset?

Honestly, if it's outright impossible to write due to overwhelming emotion, don't write. Wait until after the upset has passed. However, if you're upset, but yearning for creative expression, use that ...
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The psychology of starting a piece of writing

How do you start writing? You sit down and write. No matter how trite, no matter how derivative - you write. You give it your honest best effort. Then, the next day, you give what you've written an ...
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I wrote a scene that the majority of my readers loved. How do I get back to that place while writing my new book?

You can't. Do you know Psy? As in Gangnam Style? They tried SO HARD to make comebacks. What did they do wrong? Everything they did after that was a rehashing of Gangnam Style. The cinematography, ...
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Want to write, have ideas, no story telling techniques or experience, feeling lost?

You are a prisoner of having learned too much about the writing process before ever trying it out. Forget everything you have learned or been told, and just write massive amounts without worrying at ...
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How do you cope with rejection?

I'll give my two cents, as someone who feels the same struggles. You'll never get completely over the fear of rejection, or of not being good enough. I say this because even accomplished authors ...
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The psychology of starting a piece of writing

Wait. I am a discovery writer, meaning, I do not outline or plot or plan ahead, except in a minor way. I often don't know where the first Act ends, or what complications and setbacks will arrive, I ...
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How can I get into the mindset to write?

I read somewhere, don't ask where because I forgot, that if you wait for the right mood to write, you won't get anything done. So, I think if you just try to sit in front of your computer/paper, ...
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How do you get out of your own psychology to write characters?

I think there are two steps: 1. Decide the character's philosophy of life I'm using the example of two medieval characters because that's my settings of choice. Imagine we need two female characters: ...
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Do writers write philosophical essays?

I don't think philosophy and fiction are really opposites. The difference is that in fiction, you don't describe the philosophy, you show its consequences. For example, if your philosophy includes ...
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How to survive editing

If you want to be a writer, you had better get used to reading and re-reading your own material. I just completed what I hope is the final edit on my latest book. I haven't been keeping score, but I ...
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What's the point of writing that I know will never be used or read?

For me, writing is a passion. Not writing is an impossibility. There are stories in my mind; I need to tell them. I need to find out where they go, how they go, what they mean. I have something in ...
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How do I go from 300 unfinished/half written blog posts, to published posts?

One at a time. It isn't laziness. That's just a word people throw out when work doesn't get done and in many cases, including yours, it's meaningless. You've done a lot of work, you're just not ...
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How can you write when you're upset?

I DON'T DO IT MUCH, BUT I HAVE FOUND THAT HAND-WRITING IN ALL CAPS IS AN INEXPLICABLY-GOOD WAY TO LASSO A FROTH OF EMOTION WITH YOUR PEN. IT MIGHT FEEL STUPID FOR THE FIRST LINE OR SENTENCE OR ...
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How to detach yourself from a character you're going to kill?

Don't detach yourself emotionally from the character. Rather, experience the character's death as a major part of their arc. This is not a real person who is gone once dead; this is a fictional ...
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How do you prevent a character from being a creator's pet?

This sounds like a great character! I suspect one problem may be your other characters, they simply aren't equally interesting. One solution is simply accepting that this is the main character. ...
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How can I get into the mindset to write?

One solution that usually works is to write when you wake up, when nothing has happened in the day. I write for two hours every morning. My alarm is set for 4:30 AM, I am at the keyboard by 5:00 AM, ...
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Does writing regular diary entries count as writing practice?

There is a distinction that needs to be drawn here: are you talking about practice that helps you improve your writing, or are you talking about the kind of practice you can put in a CV to help you ...
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How to detach yourself from a character you're going to kill?

You don't detach yourself from the character. On the contrary - you let yourself feel the pain of her death, experience the loss, and you pour all of that onto the page. When a character dies, it ...
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How can you write when you're upset?

Writing is where I run to, from everything that upsets me. I read the last scene I've been writing, from the beginning, and by the end - I'm in that moment, I've found my focus, I can proceed from ...
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Stop thinking own work is stupid

I think you are trying to do too much in each step of the writing. Writing (or any art) in not a single process, it takes different skills to produce a work. I see that you are trying to produce ...
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How to survive editing

My bandaid may not fit your wound, but here it is all the same. When I'm editing, I break it down into sections to make it more palatable for me and my ADHD-having muse. First I work on the plot ...
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