SO NO ONE TOLD YOU LIFE WAS GONNA BE THIS WAY.
*clap, clap, clap, clap, clap*
YOUR JOB’S A JOKE, YOU’RE BROKE, YOUR LOVE LIFE’S DOA.

(Is it possible the Rembrandts were secretly describing aspiring authors?)

Today, I talk about some basic writing rules-of-thumb… with the cast of Friends.

1. If you’re a pantser like me, beginning a new draft can feel like this:
excitedAnd that’s okay.

2. That can sometimes lead to a little of this:

wordsBut that’s what revisions are for.

3. Thesauruses are a WONDERFUL tool! But be sure not to overdo it.

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4. PACING matters.friends

5. Get into your characters’ heads!

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6. GRAMMAR ALSO MATTERS.your7. For the love of God, don’t use quotation marks incorrectly. PLEASE.

tumblr_lktr7iKkZs1qen516o1_5008. I know naming things is hard. But make sure the name suits the character (because saying the wrong name is awkward for everyone).names

9. Don’t abandon your own work!

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10. Finally, a big revision goal should be:  revising