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20 Ways Living Your Life is Like Writing a Novel

20 Ways Living Your Life is Like Writing a Novel

1.     The characters are the best part. No matter how great the plot line, or how beautiful the prose; the quality of the story will always be defined by the quality of the characters.
2.     Setting matters. We always need to be conscious of choosing the right setting for the right scene. For instance, the truth bearing argument between hero and heroine is not best set in an elementary school hallway.
3.     Writer’s block happens, and must be pushed through. In life it’s a slump, everything passes if we just keep swimming.
4.     There must be conflict. If the main character just bopped along and was challenged by nothing, then it wouldn’t be much of a story.
5.     There will always be typos. Not everything comes out the right way, and some days you are bound to leave the house with two different shoes on…it is inevitable.
6.     The more descriptive the scene, the more the reader can appreciate it. Be observant, notice all of the beautiful things that the world is doing all around you and you will enjoy your own story more fully.
7.     Language matters. Master at least one. If you are unable to speak your first language well, people will not take you seriously.
8.     Romance is an important ingredient. Fall in love every day, and you will live a beautiful story.
9.     You have the power of edit. Going back and correcting old mistakes is just part of living life.
10. The hero has flaws. No one expects the hero to be perfect. There is a battle that each of us must play out with ourselves. 
11. Action always makes a better story. Go out and do something exciting.
12. The story gets boring if it is always set in the same scene. Go somewhere new and enrich your story.
13. Plot twists happen. When everything goes to hell, recognize what is happening, turn on your heel, and move on.
14. There will always be re-occurring characters. The author’s ability to weave characters together from the beginning to the end of the story makes the whole thing flow.
15. Every story has a soundtrack. Just add music.
16. Keep in mind that villains are not one-dimensional. They have inner conflict, and motivation, just like the hero does.
17. Negative space is important. Don’t forget that the action scenes will go without notice if the whole story is made up of action scenes. The characters need down time too.
18. Each story needs rhythm. In life we create this through repetition and ritual. To bed, to rise, to bed, to rise.
19. The best heroes have sidekicks. Use your life to build a team.
20. Set yourself up for a sequel. Live your story so fantastically that you leave your readers begging for more.   


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