Wednesday links: Continuity, revision for pantsers, and historical accuracy

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Three questions to ask when writing from the point of view of an animal

Everybody has their favourite types of characters to write. I tend to lean toward the challenging types–antiheroes and villains, usually. I love figuring them out, and learning what made them who they are and why they act the way they do.

But there’s another type of character I love to write: animals. And they can be just as challenging as antiheroes and villains.

There are a multitude of ways you can write animals, even if you’re writing from the point of view of a human and the animals are only bystanders. If you’re writing a children’s book, for example, your animals are likely to be somewhat hyperbolic versions of themselves. If you’re writing a young adult novel, your animals might be the more realistic pets and beasts that we encounter in our everyday lives.

It’s when you’re writing from the point of view of an animal that things get really interesting. Suddenly, you have to put a lot more thought into how to treat these characters. Are you going to have them behave the same way humans would? Or do you keep them true to how an animal in our world would behave?

I prefer to keep my animals realistic. But I’ve learned that decision comes with a whole slew of other questions that need to be answered before I can start writing. Today, I’d like to share the top three.

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