Can endings ruin entire novels?-Avis Thoughts #5

Avis Thoughts #5 Can endings ruin entire novels? Note: Writers, please read this to the end and don’t panic over nailing your story ending. Thank you :’) The ending, it's the final few pages that will determine the fate of characters you either despised, loved, and/or rooted for. As the readers near the final few pages …

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5 MORE Effective Ways to Foreshadow (with plenty of examples)

5 MORE Effective Ways to Foreshadow (with plenty of examples) Foreshadowing, I’d argue is one of the most essential tools in a writer’s tool belt, right next to screwdriver of imagery, the wrench of characterization, and the hammer of pacing. This tool can be very useful or downright essential when it comes to writing fiction, …

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Midpoint Fatigue- Handling a meandering middle in your story

Midpoint Fatigue Handling a meandering middle in your story When I use the term “midpoint fatigue,” I’m referring to when your story starts to drag, meander, or get too dull in the middle act. This is basically when you start to lose the retention of your readers and people start to skim past pages and …

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Care to Pants? 5 things writers can benefit from when pantsing

Care to Pants? 5 things writers can benefit from when pantsing A little while back I made an Avis thoughts post, linked here, detailing my thoughts about the whole plotter, pantsers, and plansters, phenomenon, and as I mentioned in the post I’m more of a plotter than panster. I prefer making a detailed outline before …

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(Oh,) what to do about criticism?

(Oh,) what to do about criticism? (Tips on dealing with criticism, feedback, and critiques) 1.)Don’t take it personally. First off, remember the critiques aren’t towards you but towards your work or draft. Though this may seem obvious, it’s quite easy to forget this and take all the comments made towards your work to heart. The …

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