Rebel’s Writing Tips: 5 Guidelines for Checking Your First Draft

So you’ve done it.  Your first draft of your new novel is done, and you’re ready to embark on the journey of editing.  Maybe it’s your billionth time editing, or maybe you’ve never actually checked your first drafts ever before.  Either way, an arduous journey awaits you, and you’re going to dive in.  Only one problem: where do you even start and how do you actually edit your first draft in a way that can potentially improve it?

You would not be alone asking these questions, as these are issues that plague every author.  Knowing what to look for or what to do when you’re looking at your first draft is difficult at best, especially if it’s not something you usually do.  Thankfully, though, there are some foundations you can adapt to your editing process that will help you fix issues and improve on what you already have.  Today, I would like to share with you my five guidelines where this is concerned, and hopefully these will help ease your own experience with editing your 2nd and beyond drafts.

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Rebel’s 3 Quick Tips for Beginner’s Marketing

It is no secret that marketing is hard.  Particularly for indie creators and small business folk, marketing can seem like an endless sea of jargon that is impossible to delve into with limited funds.  This is not to mention that marketing can be time consuming, which is often why bigger companies have a whole position dedicated to the endeavor.  It can be tireless and tedious, but unfortunately something that has to be done if you want your content or business seen.

What’s worse, however, is that many beginners with marketing hit walls when it comes to improving their marketing skills.  Sure, they’re on social media platforms and are posting frequently about their exciting content and business stuff.  However, nothing seems to be happening except silence and loneliness.  While I don’t have time to offer insight into individual cases, I can give you three quick tips that will hopefully make you think of marketing a bit differently.  If you’re a beginner to marketing, I hope you will take a look, as doing these three basic things will help you improve your strategy over time.

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RV Life Tips: Dealing with Bad Sleepy Times

We’ve all been there.  You blink sleepy eyed and decide it’s your bed time.  You snuggle into bed, your head hits the pillow, your eyes close…and whoops your brain decides it’s time to charge forward with every creative idea you can muster.  You toss and turn, trying every method you know to get to sleep, but in the end you’re stuck awake while your precious sleep hours tick away.

Unfortunately, this sort of temporary insomnia is a detriment.  Without proper sleep, your mind fogs over, your body feels sluggish, and ultimately your health is damaged in ways you can’t see.  It can be a hard force to combat.  However, it is not impossible.  As I am currently going through a period of this sleep trouble, I thought now would be an excellent time for me to share my tips with others.  Some you’ll have heard, some you won’t have perhaps.  Either way, I think it’s a good reminder for anyone that if you put forth the effort, you can make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep.

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Rebel’s Writing Tips: Coming Up with a Story

Everyone has a story they’re just dying to tell, right?  For experienced storytellers, stories are much like breathing.  Epic conflicts, dynamic characters, and fantastical worlds come naturally at any moment.  They might not be perfect at first, but the ideas flow fairly easily.  However, this sense of natural story-telling ability does not exist for everyone.  Every once in a while you will find someone who wants to tell a story but just has no story to tell.  Perhaps they made an original character they like but don’t know what to do with them.  Alternatively, perhaps their skills lie in another field (like art) and they want to delve into animation, webcomics, or something else.  Whatever the reason, not having a story can be a real struggle when you need one for whatever project you’re working on.

Thankfully, if you are one of those people struggling to come up with a story, not all hope is lost.  There are quite a number of ways you can go about finding a story to tell, and today I am here to walk you through some of those ways!  So cease your flailing, and let’s talk about four methods you can use to find a story to tell.

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Rebel’s Writing Tips: Misc. Story No-Nos

Sometimes there are certain bad habits in writing that are really hard to talk about and categorize.  It’s just hard to find time to mention them; each topic, like world-building and exposition, has a bunch of more important components to speak on.  Nevertheless, there are habits that should be discussed and pointed out, as they can often be habits that ruin a potentially good story.  Today, I would like to share three of these and explain why they are bad habits to have.  If you aren’t an experienced story writer, I hope you’ll take these points to heart and learn from them.

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Rebel’s 5 Tips for Dealing with Social Anxiety

Like a lot of people, I suffer from some moderate social anxiety.  I have an extreme fear of talking to people on the phone, I freak over minor stuff like having to ask an authority figure a question, and I am the worst interviewer because of how nervous I get.  Yet, I am admittedly a lot better than I used to be ten years ago when my social anxiety was extremely crippling.  Even when you know your social anxiety is preventing your success, it can be a hard thing to improve upon.  However, today I would like to tell you it is possible to work at it and, over time, be less held back by it.  Thus, I’m going to give you my personal tips that have helped (and still help) me overcome my problems with social anxiety.

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Rebel’s 4 Writing Tips for Integrating World & Story

In last week’s post, I walked everyone through the general steps it takes to build a world/setting for your story.  However, given these posts can’t be a book length ordeal, there were a lot of points I had to leave out for the sake of time.  Be assured, however, there is a lot more to world-building, and I will even go more in depth on some of those points I previously brought up.  For today’s post, though, I would like to take what I consider the next step after performing your general world-building: adding to it for better story integration.

Now, before I begin, this post will not be a step-by-step guide on how to talk about your world in the story.  Instead, I am focusing on the outside world-building aspects like last post; the difference is that I will be delving into things you can add and consider for your world that will help meld it to the story.

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Rebel’s 5 Tips for Identifying a Mary-Sue in Your Writing

Mary-sues (or Gary-stus) are one of those subjects that can send people into raging and passionate arguments.  Few people tend to agree when a character is a Mary-sue, though most people will agree they do exist.  For those who are new to the term, Mary-sue refers to those characters who, for all intents and purposes, are idealized, perfect versions of people.  Often, they are the mark of amateur writers, though even the best of writers can be plagued by them on occasion.  Regardless, most people regard them as annoying types of characters, since their perfection tends to make for a boring, predictable story.

How can you know whether you’re writing a Mary-sue or not?  Today, I’m going to give you my tips on how you can identify whether a character you’re writing is a Mary-sue.  These tips will not be as comprehensive as other lists you might find.  However, I want to keep these tips brief and quick so that you can know as fast as possible whether it’s something you should be concerned about.

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Rebel’s 4 Tips for Writing Plot Twists

Sometimes a writer just really wants to surprise their readers.  Whether it’s out of a desire to be novel in their stories or a desire to evoke a certain reaction, many have felt the urge.  Often, this desire is what causes plot twists to come into existence in any given story.  Unfortunately, plot twists are one of those writing aspects that can either go really right or really wrong.  For as many writers embrace plot twists, plenty also avoid them like the plague because of the negative stigma to attached to the bad ones.  However, it is also a fact that plot twists can be powerful, exciting, and a real boost to a story if done correctly.

How does one do a plot twist correctly, though?  That will be the subject of today’s post.  While plot twists can be a bit subjective, there are certain conventions that can either make or break your plot twist.  As such, I would like to share with you my personal tips on avoiding making bad plot twists.  Though they can’t guarantee your plot twist will work out, they certainly will give you insight into how plot twists function.

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