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5 Gloomy Day Writing Exercises

When it’s raining outside, personally, I always feel like doing absolutely nothing but curling up on the couch with popcorn and watching a very long movie (marathoning Lord of the Rings is always a good idea). These days, however, rainy days are few and far between for me considering I basically live in the desert. When they come along, however, that means I have to take real advantage of that comfy feeling to do something productive. If you do live in a place where it rains fairly often, you’re even luckier! You’ve got plenty of opportunities to do a gloomy day exercise!

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fiction · Writing Tips

How Travel Can Help your Writing

I’ve read plenty of books where the characters stay in one place throughout the entire novel. I’ve written many like that as well. Stories in static places can be great for establishing characters and character dynamics, but how does traveling to relate to a story set in one place?

One of the most important things for an author is the setting of a novel. The setting sets the stage for everything else that is to come, how people interact with each other, and how they react to things. There is the old adage of “write what you know,” but if you only know one place, how can that translate to multiple stories?

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