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Why the “Strong, Independent Woman” Cliche in Literature is Harmful

This post might not sit well with everyone, and you might disagree, but I ask that you all please keep your comments respectful. Thanks! If you've read any novel written in the last ten years, you're bound to have seen the strong, kick-butt woman stereotype. They're either the lead or play a pivotal role in… Continue reading Why the “Strong, Independent Woman” Cliche in Literature is Harmful

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Why Diversity is Important in Novels

Today's post is something I'm pretty passionate about, so I think it's time to talk about it! For most people, diversity is either something they see as a big negative when reading, or the exact opposite. Unfortunately, we're in an age where hearing the word diversity can make us hesitant. The problem with the word… Continue reading Why Diversity is Important in Novels

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Three Ways to Improve the Romance in Your Novel… From a Non-romantic Writer

Elaborate title, right? If you couldn't already guess, I'm not a huge fan of romance. Sure, I love a good ship, I will melt a little during an adorable scene, and occasionally I won't roll my eyes at a "first kiss." But the thing is, romance in books today is sadly lacking in quality. Instead… Continue reading Three Ways to Improve the Romance in Your Novel… From a Non-romantic Writer

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Typical Cliches and How to Avoid Them

The young woman yawned softly, her golden curls cascading down her shoulders. She blinked slowly, not wanting to rise from her massive and expensive bed. It was the first day at a new school and she was certain no one would like her, especially not the tall, blonde, blue-eyed, and slender girl with an enviable… Continue reading Typical Cliches and How to Avoid Them

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The Young Adult Genre and How it Has Changed

I love reading YA. It was always my dream as a little kid to finally be able to browse through the Teen section of the library and pick a book from there. Unfortunately, that dream still hasn't quite become a reality. What is it with the romance? Honestly, I want to know. Every YA novel… Continue reading The Young Adult Genre and How it Has Changed