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  1. Elvis Michael
    08/09/2017 @ 11:45 AM

    Good points on originality. introducing some stereotypes isn’t necessarily a bad idea, but we shouldn’t rely on this 100% and expect the story to stand out. It doesn’t matter how popular these cliches/stereotypes are at the time.

    Thanks Christina 😉

  2. Pedro ::: Astutecopyblogging
    08/09/2017 @ 16:33 PM

    Hi Christina,

    Thanks for a thought-provoking post. Although the few books I have written are non-fiction, your article resonates in more ways than one. In particular, I love the idea of constant self examination. It is Socrates who is credited as saying that the unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.

    The other point that resonated is the need for proper editing by someone else, I would even go as far as saying that it should not be a relative, but a professional. I find that I get so used to my manuscript that most times, I read it the way I want it read, and I don’t see the errors. Even when they are obvious!

    Thank you for challenging our thinking.

    Best regards,


    • Christina Battons
      08/10/2017 @ 01:24 AM

      Hello Pedro,

      I’m glad that my article was useful for you.