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What Anime Taught Me About Writing

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I was introduced to anime in 2011/2012. I was dating an anime junkie and even though I had heard about anime; seeing someone binge watch it was fascinating, especially as it was in Japanese. So one day, I said, “Do you know what, let me watch this thing with you,” and I sat down. I have not looked back. In fact, I often wonder how I lived the first 23 or so years of my life without anime. I gain...

How to Start Your Story

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There is no hard and fast way or rule for how to begin your story. The best advice is probably, don’t begin at the beginning; which is great, if you know where the beginning is. Is the beginning when your character is born, in the manner of Charles Dickens? Is the beginning when your character dies? Is the beginning just before or at the point of the inciting incident of your story? Begin Just...

How To Name Your Character (With Sense)

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Names are important, even in fictional tales; perhaps especially in fictional tales. Names trigger our prejudices. Hearing or seeing a person’s name sets off stereotypes in our heads, without us even realizing. Whether or not these stereotypes are wrong, when you come across the name Fatima, you may find yourself picturing a dark skinned female with kinky hair, or an olive skinned woman with...

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