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The Write Way

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✒️  Every little thing is gonna be all-write. 🖋️

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Avoiding the Overuse of Epithets

Avoiding the Overuse of Epithets *originally published in the January 2021 edition of Hear Ye, Hufflepuff* This month's advice concerns eschewing pronouns in favor of the overuse of epithets. Now, first off, let's define our terms. An epithet is an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality or characteristic of the person or thing mentioned. For example, if talking about Harry Potter, an epithet might be, "The green-eyed boy blinked in confusion." A pronoun is a word that r

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Writing Conflict

Writing Conflict *originally published in the May 2018 edition of Hear Ye, Hufflepuff* Narratives need conflict to drive them forward, but choosing a conflict or problem for your characters to face can be difficult. There are two main types of conflict that you can incorporate into any story (internal and external) and within those are a few categories. Below, you can find examples of some of them. To choose the conflicts that work the best for your story, think about where you would

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New Year's Writer Resolutions

New Year's Writer Resolutions *originally published in the January 2019 edition of Hear Ye, Hufflepuff* Welcome to 2021, writers! A new year is a great time to focus on new writing goals (just like any other goals you might have in other areas of your life), so here are a few ideas you might embrace to improve or expand your writing in the new year: Write something you've never written before. Be it a new character, genre, theme, etc.! Enter a challenge. There are so

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The Power of Editing

The Power of Editing *originally published in the July 2018 edition of Hear Ye, Hufflepuff* The first draft of anything won't be perfect. Accepting that is the first step towards peace. 😉 But what do you do once you have accepted your draft's imperfection? Well, you edit, of course! Different projects will take a different number of edits. Here are a few tips on what to do next: Put the draft aside. The first step when you finish writing something is to stop looki

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NaNoWriMo Self-Care

NaNo Self-Care *originally published in the November 2018 edition of Hear Ye, Hufflepuff* Hello NaNo-participants! Below you'll find three tips geared towards this month in particular, but I hope that anyone who writes on a deadline will find them useful. Take a Break This is always the first thing that people recommend, but it can also be the most difficult to remember to do. It's easy to get wrapped up in writing when things are going well (or when you're kicking yourself for

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Preparing for NaNoWriMo

Preparing for NaNo *originally published in the October 2018 edition of Hear Ye, Hufflepuff* Happy October, 'Puffs! In no time at all, NaNoWriMo is going to be upon us! As always, we hope to have a strong showing of participating 'Puff NaNo-ers and Rebels! Although the official rules say you can't begin until November 1st, there's a lot you can do that isn't writing your story! So, in preparation for the craziness of NaNo, here are some tips on how to get ready: Set Your Goal W

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Writing LGBTQIA+ Characters

Writing LGBTQIA+ Characters *originally published in the June 2019 and June 2020 editions of Hear Ye, Hufflepuff* Originally posted in honor of Pride Month, I aggregated some tips for writing non-heterosexual characters. While this list is far from exhaustive and won't apply to every character you write, it will hopefully be a good place to begin. FFT was founded as a place on the internet for "people of all ages, genders, races, and sexual orientations" and maintains "a strong focus

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"Further" vs. "Farther"

"Further" vs. "Farther" *originally published in the August/September 2018 edition of Hear Ye, Hufflepuff* Say you want to write about the distance between your character and their destination. Or you want to talk about an idea in addition to the one your character had begun with. You type the letter f and then pause. Is it "further" or "farther"? And how do you remember which is which? Well, this writing tip aims to tell you just that! So, the easy tip that can help is that "

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Choosing a Point of View

Choosing a Point of View (POV) *originally published in the April 2019 edition of Hear Ye, Hufflepuff* Before you can write any story, it's important to choose a point of view from which to tell it. Sometimes this feels like the easy part of planning, but other times it can take more consideration. Below, read about the four main points of view that you have to choose from and some tips for writing each one. First Person The first person POV utilizes the pronouns I, me, my, etc. A

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Welcome! (+ Blog Index)

Welcome to The Write Way! (Oh God, that sounds like I'm starting a cult.) I thought it important to start this blog off with an explanation of what to expect from its content and a brief history of its inception. In March 2018, I began a monthly Writing Tips column for Hufflepuff's newsletter, Hear Ye, Hufflepuff. Besides a brief hiatus last fall when I was busy planning my wedding, I've written an entry to this column every month since then. So far, I've accumulated 21

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