Does every Texan wear a 10-gallon hat? Blacklisting Clichés in Realistic Fiction

by Sana Hameed, Blogger jaBlog! Artwork by Lucy Zhang   As writers, we do our best to blacklist clichés. We train ourselves to create mental checklists that eliminate characters who lack unique qualities or depth. We toss out stereotypical nerds, goofballs, and Mary Sues, weeding out the characters that just aren’t memorable or realistic. But sometimes...
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Tips for Creating Detailed Fantasy Settings

by Tegwyn Hughes, Canada Blogger, jaBlog! Artwork by Lucy Zhang   Some famous fantasy series, like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, are famous not only for their amazing plots and characters but for the worlds the authors have built up from scratch. These books include new cultures, languages, and countries that make the stories unique and interesting...
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