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Alyssa Hubbard (LissyWrites)
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Read, write, repeat.
Read, write, repeat.

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I'm reading a book right now that is making me feel things. This, from a writer's perspective, is an awesome accomplishment. He, the author, has created characters that make me hurt. He has put me in scenarios that scare me, all despite it being based in a fantasy world that couldn't possibly exist. Even so, it moves me, and carries real world weight for me as a reader. How cool as that?

Pretty flipping cool from the view of a writer, but super inconvenient for me. I am an emotional sponge. If I am already upset, knowing others are upset (even for completely unrelated reasons) will only intensify my emotions. On the flip side, if I am in a depressive mood, but surrounded by happy people, I will easily perk up. One of the worst situations, though, is when I am in a good mood, then a character's emotions drag me into depression with them.

I wanted to take a moment and figure out what made this character real to me, and gave him enough emotional weight to drag me down with him:

1. The character wasn't built on negativity
Any time I recall a "mary-sue" or "gary-stu" character, I can't think of a time their character wasn't enduring some tragic event. There are plenty of compelling stories where real people have lived mostly tragic lives, but the key there is "mostly." There must be highs to know how low the lows go. If we are always wallowing in the valley, we don't really know how far down we are. If we start at the top of the mountain, then we can see how far we have fallen and how much there is to lose. This is the key to developing a real character.

See what other things I learned here: https://wp.me/p3skJZ-17a

#onwriting #mondaysblogs #writertips
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If you are a writer, join a book club! Want to know why? Check out my blog post about it: https://wp.me/p3skJZ-173 #amwriting #bookclub #MondayBlogs #MondayBlog

One of the first pieces of advice you will ever receive as a writer is to read. Subconsciously, reading helps you learn to write in a variety of ways: you pick up grammar skills, you learn a variety of writing styles, you learn about story structure,…
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What I'm Reading: "Gyo," "Uzumaki," and "Tomie" by Junji Ito [part 3] https://wp.me/p3skJZ-16O #amreading #mondayblogs #junjiito

The Junji Ito Special Edition Trio: Gyo, Uzumaki, and Tomie Warning: There might be spoilers ahead. Tomie Of the Ito-trio, this was the most… meh, for me. It certainly started with the worst art, though by the end, it was just as beautiful as the art…
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What I’m Reading: “Gyo,” “Uzumaki,” and “Tomie” by Junji Ito [part 2] https://wp.me/p3skJZ-16L #amreading #mondayblogs #junjiito

The Junji Ito Special Edition Trio: Gyo, Uzumaki, and Tomie Warning: There might be spoilers ahead. Uzumaki Of the three Junji Ito special edition titles, Uzumaki is my absolute favorite. No, Uzumaki is not about our fave ninji from the Hidden Lead, but…
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What I'm Reading: "Gyo," "Uzumaki," and "Tomie" by Junji Ito [part 1] https://wp.me/p3skJZ-16G #amreading #mondayblogs #junjiito

The Junji Ito Special Edition Trio: Gyo, Uzumaki, and Tomie Warning: There might be spoilers ahead. Gyo Of the three, this was my least favorite. Gyo starts with this couple Tadashi and Kaori on vacation. They are staying in Tadashi’s uncle’s beach-side…
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Writing Mediums #amwriting #MondayBlogs #writers

Hello everyone! This is technically a repost, but the old content was so useless (in my opinion), that there was no point in editing it or using it in any capacity. Instead, I want to pose a question, and maybe explore how some of the different tools we…
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The Big Question: "Why?" - a repost. #amwriting #writerslife #MondayBlogs

Hello! Once again, I’m back with another repost/rewrite/thing. When I wrote this original post, I made it a point to say I was writing for others. I was writing for this selfless reason that made me look like such a giving, thoughtful artist. Yeah, that…
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My Editing Technique, a repost #amediting #editing #MondayBlogs

Hello! This is, once again, an edit and repost of an old post I had. I am beginning to realize these are less simple edits and more just flat out rewrites. You know that feeling you get when you scroll through your FaceBook feed from… I don’t know, ten…
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3 Perks of Being a Writer (aka stuff I discovered my last semester of undergrad) #amwriting #MondayBlogs #writers

Hello all! As some of you know, I have graduated with my BA in English cue roaring applause. Thank you, thank you. Anyway, being a recent-undergrad grad, I find myself lost in a sea of post-grad depression. I’m discovering it’s very hard to be…
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