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In Defense of Non-Ordinary Characters

Posted by Shannon Haddock on February 28, 2016 in Rants |

I’ve talked about this topic before, here, but it’s something that’s been on my mind a lot the past few weeks as I’ve binge watched several seasons of Doctor Who.  The Doctor is, according to a lot of the sort of people who frequent rpg and writing forums, exactly the kind of character no one enjoys any more […]

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Guess the genre of these stories

Posted by Shannon Haddock on February 15, 2016 in Rants |

So, I recently read some writing advice about the importance of the first page — so roughly 200 to 250 words — in establishing “the writer’s contract with the reader”, i.e. telling the reader what the book is going to be about. I, as shouldn’t surprise anyone by now, thought this was completely stupid.  I […]

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Is This Seriously What Readers Care About?!

Posted by Shannon Haddock on February 2, 2016 in Rants |

I found an blogpost full of blogpost suggestions for authors that are not only supposed to improve your novel (some in ways that seemed to me to be quite a stretch — like the writer of the post came up with the subject line and then had to make the content fit any which way she could), […]

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