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JJ Barnes

JJ Barnes writes about parenting, feminism, current affairs and writing

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Writing a Non-Linear Story

Non-Linear storytelling is when you break up the chronological order of your story, and tell different sections at different times, so you’re writing in multiple timelines. There are different ways of writing a non-linear story, so I’ll a deep dive on the different styles in a future piece, but right now I’ll do an intro and cover a few different ways or writing non-linear.

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Pantsing Vs Plotting – A Guide to The Writing Techniques

“Pantsing” comes from the expression “fly by the seat of your pants.” If means to be making your story up as you go, and finding out what’s going to happen along the way. “Plotting” is where before you start writing, you work out who you characters are, key events in the story, what page count you’re aiming for etc in advance, and then you follow that plan as you work.

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Writing Description In Your Prose – How much is too much?

Writing effective and interesting prose is something we all have to work on to be good writers. Too much and it’s boring and tedious, too little and it’s too sparse and you don’t feel like you know the characters feelings or the environment they’re in well enough.

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Writing The Death Of A Mentor – Story Structure and Characterisation Advice

The Death Of A Mentor is a technique used in story to motivate the Protagonist, by killing the person who has taught them to do what it is they do.

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Writing Your Midpoint – Story Structure Advice

Your first act is setting up what they want, the second act is where they start to pursue it, and the third act is where they’ve learned what they need to learn to go about getting it. Your midpoint comes at a point where your story pivots into a new setting or a new scenario.

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How to be inspired by other writers without losing your own voice. Writing advice for readers.

If you’re a reader who loves certain writers and is heavily inspired by them, how do you prevent those writers influencing your work so heavily you lose your own unique voice.

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How to write Narrative Triplets – referencing Spider-Man Into The Spiderverse

To explain how and why you use Narrative Triplets in your writing, I am referencing the film Spider-Man Into The Spiderverse, so this post does contain SPOILERS if you’ve not seen that film. I’ll cover key moments in the film and how these Narrative Triplets make the entire plot stronger.

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Taking your characters from the mundane to the magical – advice for writing fantasy

Taking your characters from the mundane to the magical, a technique used in most fantasy stories, when you take your character from their normal life in their ordinary world that they’re familiar with, and into a magical world that’s new.