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The Art of Conflict by Rachael Thomas

Tweet<i>Happy Monday! Rachael Thomas explains why conflict plays a crucial role in a story.</i> Every story needs conflict, but what exactly is conflict and …

Writing

Fictional World-Building: 5 Types of Societies

I recently received an e-mail from a Better Novel Project reader asking about world building. This is my response. 🙂<p>Before creating magic, fantasy, …

Harry Potter

How to Know if You Have a Story or a Topic - a guest teaching session with Abria Mattina

The Four Agreements

• <b>Author:</b> Don Miguel Ruiz & Janet Mills<p>In The Four Agreements, bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly …

The Last Lecture

• <b>Author:</b> Randy Pausch<p>"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."---Randy Pausch<p>A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help …

Big Little Lies

• <b>Author:</b> Liane Moriarty<p><b>Check out the #1 New York Times bestseller Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, called “a surefire hit” by Entertainment Weekly.</b><p><b>"The secrets burrowed in this seemingly placid small town...are so suburban noir they would make David Lynch clap with glee...[Moriarty] is a</b> …

7 Tips for Storytelling That Dazzles Audiences

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>After finally asking the young lady for a date, the nervous young man asked his father how to avoid moments of awkward silence.<p>His father quickly responded, “Son, when it comes to conversation, all you have to remember are three things: …

Public Speaking

How to Create a Remarkable Villain (Beyond the Clichés!)

<i>Christine’s Note: This is a guest post by David Villalva of Story and Craft. Grab a copy of his e-book, The Storytelling Blueprint, for free!</i><p>Your …

Comic Books

The Little Paris Bookshop

• <b>Author:</b> Nina George<p><b>Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own?</b> <b></b><br>Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact …

Mermaid

• <b>Author:</b> Carolyn Turgeon<p><b>A surprising take on Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale, Mermaid is the story of two women with everything to lose.</b> <br>Princess Margrethe has been hidden away while her kingdom is at war. One gloomy, windswept morning as she stands in a convent garden overlooking the icy …

On Blogging and Content Marketing: 23 Free, Comprehensive Ebooks

Should you be among those who’d like to get started with blogging, and really mean it, you’ll certainly be happy to get one tip or another first-hand …

Marketing

How writing a short story will improve your writing skills

The short story has a long and rich tradition, spanning everything from the gothic to the contemporary. Writing a short story will improve your …

Creative Writing

14 Points To Consider Before You Write The Ending

<b></b> <b><br>The end is near</b><br>Ending your story is often harder than starting it. You’ve made plenty of promises you have to keep. Let’s be honest. The most …

Writing
Web Design

10 Free Ebooks to Motivate and Inspire Your Writing Adventures

I started putting together this list of free ebooks for writers for my blog and intended to share an epic list of 100 free resources. Impressive and …

Writing

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

• <b>Author:</b> Salman Rushdie<p><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> <b>BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle • Harper’s Bazaar • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Guardian • The Kansas City Star • National Post • BookPage • Kirkus Reviews</b><br>From Salman …

The Pact

• <b>Author:</b> Jodi Picoult<p>From Jodi Picoult, one of the most powerful writers in contemporary fiction, comes a riveting, timely, heartbreaking, and terrifying novel of families in anguish -- and friendships ripped apart by inconceivable violence. Until the phone calls came at 3:00 A.M. on a November …

The Invasion of the Tearling

• <b>Author:</b> Erika Johansen<p>In this riveting sequel to the national bestseller The Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Kelsea and her realm.<p>With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the …

Why do we avoid some of the books everyone tells us to read?

Have you ever found yourself avoiding a book a friend has recommended, or that everyone in the universe seems to be reading, or<b>—</b>worst of all<b>—</b>a gift …

The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives

Why do you do what you do? What is the engine that keeps you up late at night or gets you going in the morning? Where is your happy place? What stands between you and your ultimate dream?<p>Heavy questions. One researcher believes that writing down the answers can be decisive for students.<p>He …

Goal Setting

What are you reading this summer? Authors and teens share their reading list

Looking for ideas for your summer reading? Authors including James Dawson, Holly Smale and Rae Earl plus teen site members share what’s on their To Be Read pile – from cool classics to the year’s hottest reads<p>We want this blog to grow so share your reading plans on Twitter @GdnChildrensBks or by …

Books

Top writing tips for new children's authors from top editors

The Branford Boase award is unusual in that it celebrates the role of the editor as well as the writer. Here, all the editors shortlisted for this year’s prize share top advice for new writers: what are the mistakes they most commonly make and how can you avoid them?<p>The winner of the Branford Boase …

Writing

How to take your book blog to the next level

You’ve started your book blog, but how can you get it past the beginner stage with so many blogs trying to do the same thing? LucyTheReader AKA Queen of Contemporary gives her top tips<p>With blogging becoming more popular than ever, many people find it hard to get past the initial beginner stage with …

Writing

Dystopia is done, fantasy is finished: why realism is on the rise in YA fiction

For years dystopian and fantasy series have dominated teen bookshelves, but now change is in the air: a new brand of gritty, down-to-earth realism is the hot new YA craze. Teen site member muchbooks explains why realistic books are the new thing, and what’s so good about it<p>For years dystopia and …

Books