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Creating Satisfying Endings without Clichés

Caution tape on a fence with text: Watch Out for Cliché Endings

A recent Twitter thread brought up problematic reader expectations with story endings. Can we find a balance between “fulfilling our story’s promise and our genre’s expectations” and avoiding a cliché ending?

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October 25, 2018

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Brainstorming Your Story? Proactively Avoid Issues

Foam head embedded with screws with text: Prevent Issues with a Brainstorming Check

After we finish brainstorming and start trying to assemble our ideas into a story, that’s the perfect point in our writing process to avoid major problems by questioning what story issues we might run into before we write too many words.

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September 20, 2018

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Writer Burnout: How Do You Deal?

Huge cloud of smoke behind car "burning out" with text: Is Burnout Clouding Your Writing Career?

As writers, we can burn out in so many different aspects of our lives that it’d be a surprise if we never burned out. And if we don’t deal with our burnout, the problems are likely to get worse, so we might need to make changes.

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May 31, 2018

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Branding: The Right Way vs. the Wrong Way

Painting of an R in a circle with text: Authors, Trademarks, & Ethics

A crazy story erupted on social media with the hashtag #cockygate involving authors, Amazon KDP, and trademark law. One author is attempting to prevent others from using a word in their book titles, as she mistakenly thinks our book titles are our brands.

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May 8, 2018

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When Does Disagreement Become Bullying?

Two men arguing on a couch with text: Can We Disagree without Being a Bully?

Several situations related to the line between disagreeing and bullying have been swirling through Publishing Land recently, so I want to address the subject while it’s relevant. That said, I’m sharing my opinion in this post, and you might have a different opinion. That’s okay.

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August 29, 2017

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