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  • Bryanna Gary is the founder of The Angry Noodle and an editorial assistant at Del Rey Books, sci-fi and fantasy imprint at Penguin Random House. She is very smol and noodly, and also dipped in pasta sauce.

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Mundane Utility: The Everyday Uses of 5 Powers in Fiction

I know I've said in my article about common writing pitfalls that one big mistake is obsessing over your worldbuilding and neglecting your plot as a result.... Read more.
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5 Powers You Risk Becoming a Deus Ex Machina

Writers of speculative fiction know how hard it is to build worlds and magic systems entirely from scratch and work all of it seamlessly into the story's plot.... Read more.
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5 Excellent Writing Tones to Use When Writing Your Horror Story

Tone is important for any story, but I'd argue that it's absolutely vital for writing horror. When your goal is to scare, the wrong tone could render those... Read more.
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8 Sci-Fi Story Plot Ideas That Don’t Involve Space

My fantasy version of this post got a lot of love, so I decided it was time to switch up the genres a bit, hitting you with some sci-fi plot ideas that don't... Read more.
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5 Fantasy Clichés That You Don’t Necessarily Have to Avoid

We're doing this again, but we're switching genres this time around! Clichés might be clichés, but they didn't just become that way out of nowhere. They're... Read more.
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7 (More) Unusual Story Settings to Set Your Story

Are you getting a sense of déjà vu? Me too. We did this once before, exploring some unusual story settings to set your next book, but the possibilities are... Read more.
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Incorporating the Five Senses in Your Fiction Stories

"Show, don't tell." Advice every writer has heard at least once. In addition to the usual challenges of effective storytelling—the plot, the worldbuilding,... Read more.
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8 Fantasy Story Plot Ideas that Don’t Involve Quests

If you're like me, you might be browsing the internet right now instead of writing because you're stuck, cornered by the dreaded writers block. Fear not,... Read more.
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Interesting Ways a Fictional World or Society Can Collapse

Chances are, if you are creating a fantasy or scifi world, you will need to explore this fictional society that you've created. And chances are, that society... Read more.