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Studying from home: 8 easy ways to set yourself up for success

Studying from home: 8 easy ways to set yourself up for success

When making the decision to study from home, you're making the decision to invest in yourself while continuing to be there for your family. It's a noble decision, but a tough one as well. Indeed, as someone who has gotten degrees both in class and online, I can attest...

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5 easy steps to developing a savings plan

5 easy steps to developing a savings plan

No matter where you are in life, or what your situation is, you will need to make decisions and sacrifices. You may feel like you have to choose between eating every day and being able to take a couple of days off with your family this summer. Or between buying new...

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Why romance in YA novels is so vital

Why romance in YA novels is so vital

 Recently I have been seeing a few blog posts and tweets about people complaining about "over-used clichés and tropes" in novels, and particularly in Young Adult (YA) novels. "Romance" is the one that seems to get people the most riled up. They say it almost as if it...

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One of my favorite online resources; Mixtus Media

One of my favorite online resources; Mixtus Media

I happened to stumble onto this website and blog some time ago and read a couple of helpful articles. Since then, I have come back to their site again and again, and their articles are always so helpful that I decided I needed to share them with you guys. They write...

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How to stay motivated as a writer

How to stay motivated as a writer

If you have read my introduction post, then you may remember that I recently lost my job because of health issues. This of course means a huge amount of worries about the future, mainly regarding our finances. I'm sure that I don't need to go into any details for you...

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Writing in 1st person vs in 3rd

Writing in 1st person vs in 3rd

 If you've ever written fiction, be it in whatever genre, then you've undoubtedly hesitated about whether you should write in first person, or in third.    And while both have their merits and challenges, there are differences and one can be better suited to specific...

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Is inspiration necessary?

Is inspiration necessary?

Someone recently told me: "If you're not inspired, you're writing the wrong story." A little context is in order first; this guy I'm talking about introduced himself as an author, though (to my knowledge) he has not yet published anything or finished a book. (And...

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Pantser vs planner (or plotter)

Pantser vs planner (or plotter)

There are two kinds of writers; there are pantsers, and there are planners. And what, you will ask, are they? Well, the answer is quite simple; a pantser is short for someone who write by the seat of their pants, while a planner is someone who plans and outlines a...

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Why I believe clichés are necessary

Why I believe clichés are necessary

I have recently read many comments, tweets and blog articles where clichés in fantasy and fiction in general were discussed, usually very negatively. They are criticized for being over-used and called lazy writing. While there are of course numerous examples of lazy...

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