Rebel’s Tips: How to Create a Tutorial

Even the most self-proclaimed, unskilled person is usually skilled at something.  Perhaps it’s something that is profitable, like coding, or perhaps it’s a hobby nobody really thinks about, like juggling.  This includes even you, the reader who is reading this post right now.  You too are good at something not everyone is.  No matter what you’re good at, it may have crossed your mind at one point or another if you should pass your skills onto another.  By this, I mean make a tutorial.

Personally speaking, I love all manner of tutorials.  I believe strongly that sharing knowledge is a powerful force we should all pursue at one point or another.  However, this is not so easy.  For many, they struggle to figure out what to share, how to share it, or any sort of combination between the two.  This is unfortunate, as everyone has worthwhile knowledge to share.  Yet, I also believe that anyone can learn how to make a tutorial.  Today, this is my goal.  Yes, I am essentially making a tutorial for making tutorials.  If you are one of those struggling people who want to make a tutorial but can’t, I hope you’ll stick with this post and learn a thing or two.

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Rebel’s Writing Tips: 4 Things for Writing Vigilantes

Vigilantism is one of those aspects that often carries a certain romanticism to it in media.  Whether it’s a lone, broody person or a group, there is something poetic about people’s justice and the idea any person is able to take down criminals.  As such, vigilantes can often be a very popular type of character to write, fueling our imaginations with exciting imagery of daring trials and the ultimate prevailing of justice.  However, vigilantes are also a hard sort of character to write, as it often requires a certain balance between numerous aspects to succeed.  Today, I would like to talk about 4 elements to writing a vigilante character that I think are important to achieving that success.  While some may be obvious, they are things I do think get overlooked, so hopefully they will be contextualized in a way that gives you food for thought.

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Rebel’s Writing Tips: 5 Basic Types of Character “Growth”

No matter what type of story you like, stories are all focused on the same thing: the journey from one point to another.  Sometimes these points are physical locations, and sometimes they’re internal, emotional journeys that realistically take place in a matter of seconds.  Nevertheless, as story consumers, we are partaking in a journey, usually with the focus being on one or more characters.  With this in mind, there is a major expectation that comes with the concept of a journey: change.  When a character goes on a journey, they are expected to grow.  This growth doesn’t have to be positive, but nevertheless characters are expected to show how a particular journey affected them.  This is not only important for making a story good, but also important for making a story impactful.

Unfortunately, character growth can be a hard concept to master for beginners (and even for those more experienced at writing).  However, I feel if you break it down, there are five basic types of character growth that you can use to create a compelling narrative.  Today, I would like to talk about these five types a little bit, breaking down the larger concept into more digestible chunks.

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5 Questions to Help You Decide to Quit

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: quitting a project is extremely difficult.  Whether out of pride or love, many people will work themselves to the bone to keep their projects afloat.  To quit is basically the most illegal thing to do in their mental space, even when circumstances and passion for the project have changed.  Even I’ve experienced the anxiety that the idea of quitting can bring, wondering who I might be letting down and how evil I am for not being able to stay committed.

Yet, sometimes quitting is what one must do.  The question remains, then, how does one decide on a less emotionally impulsive level to quit?  Today, I would like to provide you with five questions you should ask yourself in regards to quitting a project.  I strongly believe these five will help you arrive at an answer that is both logical, calm, and extremely revealing of where your own mind is at.

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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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