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How to Create Interesting Subplots that Move Your Story Forward

how to write subplots

What is life without the drama – the good and bad experiences, the whirlwind of complicated emotions, and the unexpected turn of events? No matter how much you hate the curveballs that life throws at you, the truth is that our existence will be reduced to a boring saga without the complexities and uncertainties of life. The same goes with writing a story.

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Does Female-centric Literature Necessitate Romance?

Outside of my experience as a student at Wellesley College, where we loved discussing gender issues, I’ve found that talking about gender is hard. And discussing gender in literature is definitely not wildly popular. No one wants to call out T.S. Eliot for being sexist (even though he kind of was) or reprimand a bunch of dead old white men who contributed to the vast majority of our Western literary upbringing. But I think it’s important to talk about these issues. That’s how we help society move toward a future where it won’t be as hard–because we’ll have forced solutions as a result of discourse.

So today’s topic? The distinct imbalance between male and female protagonists in literature: specifically, the stark inequality when you take literature where the protagonist is involved in romantic or sexual plotlines out of the equation.

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Books: The Power of Habit

TheRightTeam Book Recommendation from UX Designer, Christine Lee:

I know when that hotline bling
That can only mean one thing
I know when that hotline bling
That can only mean one thing
– from Hotline Bling by Drake, potentially referring to the power of a cue that triggers a response, leads to a reward and starts to become… a habit.

Let’s talk about habits, and writing.

I recently finished reading “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg, and of course I started wondering about how I can use my newfound knowledge to start building new habits into my day, such as writing every day before bed, or running in the morning 4x a week. While I didn’t finish the book feeling like I knew exactly how to revamp my personal habits, I thought I’d share the highlights of what I learned.

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Getting Serious with Steven Pressfield and Shawn Coyne

The War of Art

TheRightTeam Book Recommendation from Senior Developer, Bob Walsh:

Serious writing is seriously hard. It’s not just imagining a whole entire slice of the universe you’re going to attempt to faithfully capture to your screen that makes it difficult–it’s all of the mind games that your mind plays with you, and on you, as you struggle to create as well.

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Get your writing out there! 3 ways to make progress on your writerly hobbies

Making progress on your writing

Do you have a folder full of ‘almost done’ first drafts?

Do you write, not to get published or paid, but because a story or thought in your soul needs to be expressed?

That’s right, we’re talking to YOU, hobby writer–the lurker, sometimes semi-active, often not-active participant of the writing world!

You have a gift! You have a story, a message, a way with words that is uniquely your own.

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