#122: When All the Writing Advice Is Wrong (for You)

Try new things and keep track of how well they work. Don't worry about whether your process looks like any other writer's process.

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#4: When Protagonists Don’t Protag

Being a doormat is not something readers generally find appealing in any character, and particularly in a main character. Give her things to do and let her do them. Let her take risks and sometimes succeed and sometimes fail. Let her pick a goal and commit to it and pursue it. Let her, as you say, make choices. Otherwise she isn't really a character; she's exposition with a face and a name.