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Write Right: Building Character

Posted on May 10, 2012 - Filed Under Writing | Leave a Comment

Another Trick For Creating ‘Real’ Characters Last week we discussed one method for creating distinct characters. This is a completely different way to think about it. One of the tricks that Matt Groening uses to make sure he has distinct characters is to make them have a distinct outline. Think about any Simpson’s character. They [...]

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Why You Couldn’t Put The Hunger Games Down

Posted on February 29, 2012 - Filed Under Writing | 5 Comments

In which I analyze a bestseller. If you were like me, you probably read “The Hunger Games” in one day. There was just something about it. Yes, the subject matter was probably most of it. Kids murdering each other has a way of forcing you to turn pages. But there was something a little more [...]

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So Long November: Writer Updates

Posted on November 30, 2011 - Filed Under Writing | 5 Comments

I haven’t announced it on here I don’t think, but this year I did National Novel Write Month. The premise is that you write 50k of a novel (or really any piece of fiction) in the month of November. If you do it, you win. If you don’t, you’re a stinking loser. Well, today at [...]

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Another Writing Tip

Posted on November 1, 2011 - Filed Under Writing | 1 Comment

I got this one from an article and I’ll give it credit when I dig it up. But if you’re spending multiple sessions writing a single piece, always end your day in the middle of a sentence. It is so much easier to sit down and finish a sentence than it is to start one. [...]

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On Writing Organically

Posted on October 27, 2011 - Filed Under Writing | Leave a Comment

I keep trying to post this but I screw up or something. But the NYU writing class (which just might be the worst thing in the world, IMHO) got the surprise of their life when Trey Parker and Matt Stone of ‘South Park’ and ‘Book of Mormon’ fame busted in. And they drop some of the best [...]

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Nanowrimo update

Posted on October 27, 2011 - Filed Under Writing | Leave a Comment

Turns out it’s cheating to start ahead of time. I’m just going to have to suck it up and try to churn out 2k words a day. My plan is to not let myself use the internet or breakfast until I’ve written a thousand words. That’s a lot.

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So Long November

Posted on October 24, 2011 - Filed Under Writing | Leave a Comment

Okay so I’m really digging this fiction stuff. In fact, on a good week I’ll wake up at 5:00  most days and get between 500 and 1,000 words of writing done. There’s this thing every November where people write a 50k novel. So I’m going to do that. There’s a glitch. I’m going to be [...]

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Rejected Bios

Posted on October 18, 2011 - Filed Under Writing | Leave a Comment

Some places are actually excited to have me as a writer, so they put my bio at the bottom of articles or something like that. Here are some of my rejected bios: Heath Gordon is a freelance writer and dickhead who lives in Alexandria, VA. No Thanks! I don’t really want to have a bio! [...]

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11 Rules for Writing Before the Sun Comes Up

Posted on October 11, 2011 - Filed Under Writing | Leave a Comment

Put on pants. No breakfast before 500 words. Coffee. No. No. Don’t lie down on the couch. T.V. off. This is quiet time. Video games are not writing. Lists on your blog do, in fact, count towards word counts. You can pace and talk to yourself. No one else is stupid enough to be awake [...]

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Features vs Benefits

Posted on June 16, 2011 - Filed Under Writing | Leave a Comment

Copywriting helps everybody! I am very good at convincing people to do things. Which is what made transitioning to copywriting a no brainer. One of the first things you learn about writing persuasively is to highlight benefits rather than features. If there’s one writing concept that I think is applicable to everyday life, this is [...]

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