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4 Odd But Effective Characterization Methods


Despite what you might think, there are more ways to characterize your OC’s than just throwing them into the first draft.

There are some really cool/fun/wacky ways, too!

Click here (or on the image) to read 4 odd but effective alternative ways to develop your characters. There are some great resources in there, as well as some ideas that will hopefully get your mind rolling toward even odder, even more effective methods. Let me know in the comments below!

…and then go write!

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How Should I Balance Writing With Everything Else?


For the busy person.

For the insanely busy person.

For the person who is so busy, they need to do that thing from Doctor Strange where he astral-projects himself at night so he can keep reading while his body sleeps.

Also, for the moderately-busy person.

Our schedules are packed, but we also want to write. What are some tips to balancing both?

Click here (or on the image) for a couple pointers that helped me, a high school student-turned-college student-turned-working adult who has never stopped writing. I’ve learned some things along the way that can help you, the insanely busy person, orchestrate a life with more writing and less wishing you could write.

And after you’ve re-evaluated your schedule… go write!

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Free Writing Contests + Tips!

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Writing contests are one of the easiest ways for you to get recognition. 


Here’s a reminder to do some writing-contest shopping, especially for the free ones. If you have been wanting to step up your writing game this year, there’s no reason to keep wasting time. There are tons of free writing events happening every day. You can check out some of them here:

FREE WRITING EVENTS Calendar by Mica Scotti Kole

*shoutout to Mica Scotti Kole for being generally awesome. I also highly recommend following their Twitter*

This calendar has proven extremely helpful and fun over the past few months since I discovered it. Even though contests can feel like a gambling game, it’s still worth putting in the effort to submit because you’re actively creating new content and/or working to improve your abilities. And then you get to submit a fun project!

If you want some Contest-Writing Tips, check out my article from a little while back about just that (or click the image below):


Well, there you go. You’ve got no excuses. Grapple with that idea you’ve had in the back of your head for a while, and wrangle it onto the page… and then submit it to a contest!

Go write!

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The Most Interesting Character You’ll Ever Write


The antihero.

The most



you will ever write.

Click here (or on the on the image) to read about why the antihero is my favorite type to read and write about—featuring some amazing fictional examples!

…and after you’re done reading, go write!

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What We’ve Written, And What We’ll Write Next


Happy New Year!

Click here (or on the image) to view a not-quite-comprehensive list of some things I talked about in 2017, all of which will hopefully launch us into a more productive 2018. If you wrote a lot last year, then congratulations! Keep it going. If you didn’t, so what? You have another whole year to change that. Look at these next 364 days as a challenge, a comfort, a next step. Take this year as a launching point.

Now go party! (and write!)

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Writing and the Holidays


This is one of those few weeks where I’ll let myself take a step back from writing quite as much. With the new year about to begin, I want to have breathing room before I launch into a new slew of projects.

Speaking of projects!

  • It’s officially almost 1 year since I wrote Object and Objective (see tab above), and I want to finish it soon and begin online-publishing through Tapastic. Keep an eye out!
  • 2018 should have goals. What are yours? Do you have a plan? Do you need help coming up with one? Is your plan to have no plan? Comment below! (Or on the side…? I don’t really know where the comment feature is, which is sad because I’m the blogger). *shrug*
  • I’m also looking forward to what I’ll do with The Feather Pen in the next year. You, my followers, make my day every day just by being here, and I want to start some new events/giveaways/what-have-you’s to try and say thank you. So keep an eye out for that as well.

That being said, thank you for being here for my first full year of blogging, and for sticking around in 2018. Let’s keep writing together!

So happy holidays, and go rest or write!

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Editing Tips That Actually Help (Part 2)


Don’t forget to post that editing tips article on your blog,’ I said to myself on Monday.

…guess what I forgot to do…

At any rate, here is part 2 to for my Editing Tips That Actually Help series, which, if you couldn’t guess, contains editing tips that actually help. This week, I focused on some smaller-scale stuff, more line-by-line edits that can improve the mechanics of your writing voice. You don’t have to feel pressured to adopt them, but they’ve helped me a lot and I rather enjoy making these changes now.

Click here (or on the image) to read the new article!

Aaaaaand now that I’ve posted this, it’s time to go work on Christmas gifts. You should go write!