Posts by Kate Krake

empowering books for authors

10 Incredibly Empowering Books for Writers

What does empowerment look like for a writer? It’s usually in the form of a realization. The realization that you...

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Just How Rough Can A First Draft Be?

Anne Lamott called them shitty first drafts. On this site, I’ve called them fun and messy first drafts. It’s common...

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Are You Really, Truly Meant to Be A Writer?

I’m certain every writer I know has questioned, at least once in their writing life “Why am I doing this?”...

Using Genre to Find Awesome Ideas for Stories

Using Genre to Find Awesome Ideas for Stories

A confession. I’m a genre theory nerd. I love genre. I love working out where stories fit within genre. I...

how to write unreliable narrators

What is An Unreliable Narrator?

My story was almost finished before I realised I’d written an unreliable narrator. When the proverbial penny finally dropped, everything...

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Writers

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey (1989) is a cornerstone self-help book. While it was embraced...

the creative well

Boost Your Creativity With Total Genre Immersion

In writing circles, we often hear about “filling the creative well.” I first came across the concept of the creative...

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How to Use Self-Doubt to Your Advantage

Self-Doubt. Every writer has it. New writers fear their writing skills aren’t good enough. They fear they have no idea...

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Filter Out Filter Words To Improve Your Writing

Here’s one quick tip to instantly tighten your sentences and improve your writing overall. For real. Get rid of filter...

Why Tropes Are the Building Blocks of Great Stories

I happened upon this article recently, 7 Worldbuilding Tropes Science Fiction And Fantasy Needs To Stop Using. It’s a list...

Are You Writing The Wrong Thing? Life and Focus for Writers

Are You Writing The Wrong Thing? Life and Focus for Writers

We hear it all the time: “There has never been a better time to be a writer.” The digital world...