The setting of a story, whether a book or short story, if written well, can, in a way, become another character in the novel. Despite it being the background of a novel, sometimes it can transcend space to become something more. The plot of the story revolves around it, the characters live in it, and the reader becomes engrossed by it. When deciding on the setting of a story, the writer must be sure it’s one that adds to the plot of the story rather than hides in the background.
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Writing a novel is a big task, a rewarding task. That’s why it’s such a common trope in TV shows and movies—a character proudly declares, “I’m going to write a novel!” and is received with praise and applause. That’s because novel-writing isn’t easily done, and it’s not done by everyone, but when it is, it is a huge accomplishment. It’s really something to be quite proud of. Art provides people with an outlet, an escape, and the novel is a high form of art.
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As we leave 2016 behind, you may be reminiscing on the year, getting nostalgic for all you’ve done both during 2016 and your life as a whole. Perhaps that nostalgia has driven you to write a memoir. Memoir-writing is a unique experience: it’s all about you and the nitty, gritty truth. When writing fiction, you decide where the story is going. When writing memoir, the story is already there, you just have to write it. This doesn’t make it easy, though. Writing a memoir is tricky: it can be difficult to appease everyone in your life, and writing the truth and making that truth interesting can be the hardest part.
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It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is upon us once more, which means you’re probably relying on that trusty family cookbook to prepare your meal. And once all the turkey is eaten, it’s time to get serious about that holiday shopping list. ‘Tis the season to scour the mall for the very best gift for everyone on your list, fight over that gift with another shopper, and spend an exorbitant amount of money making sure everyone gets something special and unique. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t it?
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Twitter has become so widely used and relied on that we, as writers, should not take the revolutionary media for granted.
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As the third week of National Novel Writing Month (or, NaNoWriMo for short) draws to a close, the month is now officially halfway over, so that means your novel should be halfway finished by now. Are you there yet?
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