I know it’s late. but-

Merry Christmas to all of you! I hope you all had a fantastic day, whether you celebrate the holiday or not, and here’s to a great 2017!

Now, we all know what else is late, my latest update. That’s because I wanted to spend some time with the family rather than cooped typing away (What’s this, social behaviour? What are you, insane?). So I do apologize for missing the deadline, and I keep saying I’ll reduce the time between each post, so that’ll be my new year’s resolution!

I also mentioned a while ago that I wanted some more variety on my blog, so that I could upload more content, more frequently. BUT, I’m not sure what you wanna see. Do I continue Faith in the Voided Skies? Do I start a new story? Let me know in the comments. Hopefully we’ll think of something.

But yeah, sorry this isn’t the usual (Me giving mediocre advice that probably doesn’t help) but I doubt you’d wanna be sat in my little blog reading in the 24th and 25th of December, of all days. Again, if you don’t celebrate the holiday, I apologize, but I do. Gotta respect tradition, huh?

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Does this really fit..?

I know exactly what you’re thinking. Stop it. Right now.

I’ve recently been looking over some of my older pieces of writing, my shorter stories, and, well, from one glance at ’em, you can tell that I’ve definitely improved since I wrote them. So much could be improved, and I guess in a few months I’ll be saying that about my current pieces.

Tip of today’s post : Proof-read, proof-read, proof-read!

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Plenty of ways to fix this.

Now I’ll admit that while I can think spontaneously, sometimes my ideas tend to be a little stupid. Very stupid, in fact, so as of recently I’ve been forcing myself to think things through a bit more when it comes to my storylines. Sounds like common practice, but to be able to deviate from one’s original plan might be tricky for some.

Tip of today’s post: Change things up if you have to!

Now this doesn’t just apply to storylines, plots or structure. It can refer to your characters too. Perhaps none of your characters fit a specific role in your story, but you don’t wanna make a new one just yet. If you can find some way to change your character without leaving the reader clueless as to why they’ve changed, you’re able to do so much more.

Now overusing this strategy may prove a little dull. We don’t need too much variety. Sometimes it may be better to create a new character or to change up the storyline, just so that your character fits the role as they should. Don’t be scared to scribble something off that planning sheet and replace it with something else. After all, you can always go back to how it originally was, you’re the boss!

Needless to say, though, ensure your changes fit the story. If you end up with a couple of seemingly out of place chapters after doing this, it’ll take a lot of work after you’ve finished your story to fix. Perhaps keep those unfitting chapters archived somewhere for future references; who knows what you can learn from your past self?

 

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Email: eternal.mantis@gmail.com (Oh, the cringe)

Skype : Fenris Prisema (enraged_fenris)

(Let me know you came from my blog please, just to avoid confusion. I’m up for talking about anything.)