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How to Avoid Writing a Mary Sue Character

There are a number of things that can drive readers away from your book, and badly-developed characters are definitely close to the top of that list. 

It’s not always done intentionally but it’s something that can ruin a good story.  So take the time to learn how not to write a Mary Sue-type character.

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Why It’s Important To Think About Your Readers

Maybe it seems a little weird to point out that writers should think about their readers… but I’ve seen enough stories dotted around the internet to know it needs to be said.

Okay, let’s step back one second – if you are writing for the sheer love of writing and care only about entertaining yourself and never showing your work to anyone ever, great. You don’t need to consider the reader (because you already know “you”, right?)

However, if your writing will actually be released from the death grip you hold it in and be sent out into the world to be published, to be read… then you do need to think about those people who will be your readers.

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Writers, How To Deal With Critics

Every writer has critics and opinion minions.  In fact, you could just be thinking about becoming a writer and someone will have a comment about your decision.

This post is going to cover the  Level 1 Critics, these are people who just have to say something about what you’re doing.

In a world where everything is up for review from your meal to the new stapler you just bought, it’s not surprising that everyone has an opinion and wants to express it.

Whether you ask for it or not. This is where the Level 1 Critic lives.  They are the ones who have found out you’re a writer.  You’ve not asked them to read anything but they are rushing ahead with their opinion.

How to Write Romance in Your Novel

I got a question on my deviantART page asking me about writing romance.  So thought it would make a great subject for a blog post.

However, let me make this clear, I am not a Romance Writer.  This tutorial is about how you introduce romance into a story and what to consider when you do.

It is not about writing a novel that is predominately romance-based.

Final point, this post is not about writing sex scenes.  While romance can sometimes lead to sex, I have already covered sex scene writing.

If you want to check out those tutorials, you can check out the links: How To Write Realistic Sex Scenes (pt.1) and How to Write Realistic Sex Scenes (pt.2).

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