Love at First Sight? – Give Me a Break!

12/26/2018

There are some tropes in fiction that can be done right, but in my experience, the ubiquitous ‘Love at First Sight’ cliché is very rarely ever done well.

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NaNoWriMo – Not For Me, Thanks

11/17/2018

We’re about half-way through National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, and every year there are more and more participants and more and more hype until you can’t seem to escape people talking about NaNoWriMo. At least, not if you’re a writer.

Personally, I don’t participate. Never have, and, to be frank, probably never will.

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Dated References and Why You Should Avoid Them

11/03/2018

How do you want to be remembered as a writer? When I think of some of the great literary classics, I think “timeless.” A great work of fiction should speak to anyone from any time. It should explore the human condition and concepts that should resonate throughout the ages. Love, hate, jealousy, revenge, intrigue, mystery, adventure, humor, satire, life, death, etc. People have been using writing and fiction to explore these themes since writing was invented. They’re timeless.

You know what wrecks a piece of fiction and ruins its ability to be timeless? Dated references! Mentioning a current popular song, or musician, hairstyle, fashion, buzzword, the latest movie, the freshest meme. Things that have not yet proven the test of time DO NOT BELONG IN FICTION!

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