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comment What are good reads about writing?
Brandon Sanderson once pointed out that most writers probably don't actually need to read the whole book. While it is an important academic work, it's probably a lot more in-depth than most writers need. That is, you can get a pretty good idea of what the Hero's Journey is and how it can help your writing from reading a short article or two about it (or even a two minute video. Spending hours reading the whole book about how it was discovered and so on won't really enable you to use it much better in your own writing.
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comment my first comedy plot draft is very bland. how far can I go on calling this out?
"my primary character basically has one of the most classic origin stories..." That might not be a bad thing. This archetype probably rose to prominence because it's good. Especially if you thought it up without consciously copying something else. Will it seem cliched? That's a separate issue. But you can't throw away everything in your book because it's like something that's been done before.
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