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Character Development  - 
 
As a writer, what is your favorite archetype to work with?
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Marketing  - 
 
What steps are you presently taking to build your author brand? Are they working for you?

https://mythicscribes.com/marketing/build-your-brand/
Writing a book is not enough. You have to find an audience. One way to do this is by building your own brand. Here are five good ways to build your brand.
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I don't have a brand. I've only one book and a smattering of short stories out there. Nothing is the same as the next. I have no idea how to even go about branding myself, or if that's what I want.

I understand the use/need for it, but I don't think it's that easy if you have anything but a series to work with when you're new. 
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Craft & Technique  - 
 
Have you ever tried this? How did it work out for you?

https://mythicscribes.com/writing-techniques/making-it-worse/
How making things worse for a character may improve your writing.
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At first, it sounded like the "murder your darlings" stuff that leads to Deus Angst Machina and drama-overload. There's also a sense that the article is advocating for Shocking Swerves, which typically don't go over well.
Then I got to the part where "make it worse" is phrased differently. Instead of "worse", the word is "intense". Make it more intense by making it more difficult or more personal. Most importantly, in my opinion, is the part of about doing it without death or violence. I think that's important because gorn is cheap shock factor unless there's some way that it makes the situation "worse". 
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Craft & Technique  - 
 
Do you feel that fantasy novels have too much backstory? Or do you enjoy that aspect of the genre?

https://mythicscribes.com/writing-techniques/backstory-how-much/
How to write backstory without boring your readers.
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Personally, I enjoy it. I like seeing how much thought has gone into world building and pre-story character development. It is in details that both are fleshed out and made into the author's vision. 
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Have you run across an article or website that is helping you to meet your NaNoWriMo goals? If so, share it with us. #nanowrimo

http://mythicscribes.com/inspiration/novel-writing-advice/
With National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) well under way, here are some articles and resources to help you succeed.
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Fantasy Media  - 
 
What do you think would be easier to adapt: a novel into a graphic novel, or a novel into a screenplay? Which would you rather do?

http://mythicscribes.com/miscellaneous/adapting-novels-comics/
An inside scoop into how Dabel Brothers makes their NY Times bestselling graphic novels.
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Having done both, I don't think one is easier than the other, from a writing standpoint.  They're pretty similar forms.  Of course, if you're adapting a long novel, it can be tough to compress it all into the 100-120 or so pages of a screenplay, so a graphic novel will allow for a more faithful and complete adaptation (unless you're thinking of a cable series, rather than a single two hour film).

As to which I would rather do, I'd have to say comics. For one thing, you can maintain at least some semblance of creative control over your property - you may have an editor to deal with, but your script won't usually be taken away to be re-written by other writers to include the ideas of every studio exec who can manage to get his finger in the pie.  For another, in comics, a story laden with the most amazing, mind-blowing special effects is no more expensive to produce than a tale with a single set, two characters, and no effects.  So it's somewhat easier to sell a comic series or graphic novel than a film - the financial investment you're asking a comics publisher to make is far, far less than the budget of your average movie. 
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Craft & Technique  - 
 
What’s your primary weakness as a writer? What are you doing to address it?
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Sitting down and writing when I have the chance. A minor issue...
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Craft & Technique  - 
 
Do you agree that first impressions are important to consider in writing, or should writers not worry about this?

https://mythicscribes.com/writing-techniques/descriptions-first-impressions/
Why first impressions last for readers, and how to use this in your writing.
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IMHO if the author goes into lengthy physical descriptions of a character, I zone out a bit. But if they we are given an impression through a scene or action, then that sticks hard. 
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Writing Life  - 
 
Have you ever considered doing work-for-hire writing? If so, here's some advice from author +Frank Cavallo.

https://mythicscribes.com/writing-life/work-for-hire-writing/
Author Frank Cavallo shares the upsides and downsides to writing work-for-hire.
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Craft & Technique  - 
 
Who is your favorite Dark Lord from literature or film? Who is your least favorite?

Here are some tips on how to make Dark Lords interesting again.

https://mythicscribes.com/miscellaneous/dark-lord-trope-reboot/
How to write a compelling Dark Lord. Tips on how to make Dark Lords interesting again.
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I have to go with LOTR. 
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Craft & Technique  - 
 
What’s a situation you find really difficult to relate to and that you had to write about?

http://mythicscribes.com/writing-techniques/write-dont-know/
How to write about something that you don't know much about.
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General Discussion  - 
 
Will you be participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

http://mythicscribes.com/miscellaneous/non-nowrimos/
10 productive (and not-so-productive) alternatives to National Novel Writing Month.
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I'm Nanoing, I do every year.
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Adding Depth to a Fantasy World
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By including little elements and details, you can add tremendous depth to your fantasy world.

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Is Black and White Fantasy Dead?
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Is the struggle between good and evil too conventional for today's audiences?

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