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Break Your Characters

Break Your Characters

There’s a song by the Christian songwriter Graham Kendrick* that says, “You’re the perfume, I’m the jar | When the jar is broken on the ground | There’ll be fragrance all around.” And whatever you believe about a higher power, I think this is generally true of people – and characters. You see, characters are blank slates. They’ve got personality and voice, but we still don’t really know who they are – until they’re broken. Then, suddenly, it all comes…

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Stop Giving Advice To Teen Writers

Stop Giving Advice To Teen Writers

Let’s talk about teen writers. Let’s talk about the proliferation of advice for teens who write that has come with the realisation that we actually exist, thanks to the internet. Let’s talk about a fundamental thing they get wrong. Every piece of advice I’ve read for teen writers has made some good points, but done it in such a condescending and patronising way that I’ve refused to acknowledge it simply as a matter of principle. Many of the articles are…

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Writer’s Checklist

Writer’s Checklist

In order to write, I have decided that the following things are necessary: A chair. A table. A computer and/or notebook and pen. A cup of some liquid that imparts energy (lemonade or coffee, if you’d prefer). Haribos or boiled sweets (set yourself a ration, or you will end up fat). A dressing gown. Pyjamas. Music. First, take your pyjamas and dressing gown and put them on. Allow your hair to become tangled and unbrushed, in order to facilitate the…

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