Natalie Whipple

How Do You Write Through Life’s Chaos?

February 7, 2012 Writing Stuff
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I didn’t want to write this post.  I wanted to be stronger.  I wanted to be professional.  I wanted to hold this pain inside and not let my vulnerability show. If I can’t handle life’s combination of good and bad events without shattering, how will I survive the huge swings between excitement and disappointment involved […]

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What’s in a Name?

May 3, 2011 Writing Stuff
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When we first get an idea for a story, the characters who will populate that story often start out shadowy and vague.  Either before the writing process (if we’re plotters) or during the writing process (if we’re pantsers), we have to develop those characters into something solid and colorful.  We have to make them real […]

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What Makes a Female Character Strong?

October 21, 2010 Writing Stuff
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There’s a graphic making the Twitter rounds called The Female Character Flowchart.  It walks through the different female stereotypes—from The Trophy and Damsel In Distress to The Shrew and Ugly Duckling—and it’s interesting reading.  The chart’s goal is to avoid those stereotypes to create a “Strong Female Character”. Some writers have started panicking over this […]

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