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In many ways, the Midpoint is like a second Inciting Event. Like the first Inciting Event, it directly influences the plot. It changes the paradigm of the story. And it requires a definitive and story-altering response from the characters. #writetip

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:23:48 +0800

In Athens there is a supernova which is trapped inside a house of mirrors.

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 22:04:41 +0800

If your beta readers aren’t suggesting changes, they’re doing you a disservice. You need constructive criticism to improve. #writetip

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:14:08 +0800

And now you are staring at the first person on your chat list and remember all those chats you had, all the thoughts you share, how he made you laugh, and all the late night talks, and now you are just thinking how it sadly ended

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:12:11 +0800

Any piece of advice, though often good and well-intentioned, can be bad under the right circumstances. #writetip

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 20:53:41 +0800

Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it.

#amwriting #writing #writetip

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 20:04:17 +0800

If you’re reading this, it means you’re still well and alive


you never know..

someone behind you is reading this too,

but not alive.


Tue, 17 Sep 2019 19:51:04 +0800

When in danger characters often reveal themselves for who they truly are: altruistic and caring for others, or only looking out for their own survival #pageturnerbook #danger #tension #writetip

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 19:23:45 +0800

If the word “then” adds nothing to your if/then clause, omit it…as I just did. #writetip #grammar

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 19:13:50 +0800

In Marrakech there is a forest that is made of kings.

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 18:03:36 +0800

One way to develop story ideas: start with an observation and ask questions until cliches are eliminated. #writetip

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:03:21 +0800

"Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can." — Paul Tournier:

“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.”
— Paul Tournier

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:21:38 +0800

A hospital floats on a lake filled with soy sauce.

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:03:20 +0800

The subconscious is a strange thing. Sometimes we write our sections out of order. Don’t be afraid to rearrange. #writetip

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:38:13 +0800

Antagonists are rarely all bad, and protagonists are rarely all good…except in melodrama. Depth of character is good. #writetip

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:22:10 +0800

Where else might life exist? One of humanity’s great outstanding questions, locating planets where extrasolar life might survive took a step forward recently with the discovery of a significant amount of water vapor in the atmosphere of distant exoplanet K2-18b. The planet and it parent star, K2-18, lie about 124 light years away toward the constellation of the Lion (Leo). The exoplanet is significantly larger and more massive than our Earth, but orbits in the habitable zone of its home star. K2-18, although more red than our Sun, shines in K2-18b’s sky with a brightness similar to the Sun in Earth’s sky. The discovery was made in data from three space telescopes: Hubble, Spitzer, and Kepler, by noting the absorption of water-vapor colors when the planet moved in front of the star. The featured illustration imagines exoplanet K2-18b on the right, its parent red dwarf star K2-18 on the left, and an unconfirmed sister planet between them.

September 17, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap190917.html

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:14:59 +0800

Do many things seem to be “seeming” in your manuscript? OK from character’s perspective. Not from objective narrator’s. #writetip

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:42:19 +0800

Learn to write under adverse conditions. We can’t always be in quiet surroundings. #writetip

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:37:08 +0800

The answers to our questions, both technical and artistic, lie between the pages written by those who have gone before us. Read. #writetip

Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:12:27 +0800

Pronounce the name of the country which broke away from the former Czechoslovakia to form the Czech Republic as “check,” but don’t spell it that way. Its citizens are “Czechs.”


Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:12:26 +0800