Category Archive: Writing

Oct 05

Should We Avoid Mary Sue?

Does a female character seem too-good-to-be-true? Having trouble relating to her when she’s so far above the clouds that you can barely pinpoint her?   Many readers dread books that use a “Mary Sue”, an elevated female stereotype character that has no flaws and the fictional world around her just loves her. According to Wikipedia, Mary Sues …

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Jul 22

The Perfect Prologue: Conflict and Setup

Earlier in the day I was given the opportunity to join a writing club. With many on vacation, this  invited new people to test the club out and help raise attendance. Several drafts of various stages were passed out to look over, and a trend began to appear:   At least half of the people in …

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