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Here's the original 3-page outline George R.R. Martin wrote for 'Game of Thrones' in 1993

<b>Warning: There are possible spoilers ahead for the "Game of Thrones" series.</b><p>There are currently five "Game of Thrones" books with a few more in the works. However, author George R.R. Martin's original plan was for the series to be a trilogy.<p>Redditor TheNextRobin noticed a tweet from UK bookseller …

TV Series

8 Character Development Exercises to Help You Nail Your Character

Even the most fast-paced, action-driven novels need compelling characters to keep readers engaged. Of course, readers will never “get to know” a …

Creative Writing
Creative Writing

Story plots: 7 tips to be more original

Clichéd story plots weaken an otherwise good story, a story where characters and settings are vivid. To tell a story that feels original and …

Creative Writing

Use these 4 proofreading tools to improve your content

Blog writing stands out with original topics, but taking the time to edit your articles is an important step in building an audience. You don’t have …

How Can I Turn My Abundance of Story Ideas Into a Bestselling Book?

How do I write a whole book, if I have lots of ideas, but when I start to write, it doesn't make any sense? <i>originally appeared on</i> Quora <i>-</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p>Answer <b>by</b> Karen Lord, Author, socioeconomic …

Writing

10 Methods to Make Your Character Likeable

A key point of writing a successful story is to have likeable characters. This is usually a must for the protagonist, but the cast overall should …

Writing

How To Write A First Draft Without Giving Up

Julian Gough, Irish novelist, memoirist, poet and playwright, gives densely packed advice in his essay How To Edit Your Own Lousy Writing. He …

Creative Writing

50 Tough Questions You Never Ask Yourself, But Should | Inc.com

With the dawn of every New Year, pledges are made by hopefuls everywhere to do or change something big in their life and business. Most of these commitments are shelved or forgotten altogether soon after we ring in that very same New Year.<p><i>"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into</i> …

Self-improvement

12 Simple Phrases That Are Guaranteed to Make People Like You More | Inc.com

The late, great American poet Maya Angelou once said, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."<p>The truth is, your word choice creates a brief impression that can lead to a lasting impression, long after the particulars …

Body Language

4 Simple Steps To A Great Writing Habit In 2018

A new year is here. A chance for new beginnings. A chance for all of us to start again, and get moving on those projects or goals we’ve always wanted …

Writing

John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction

<i>Since advice is usually ignored and rules are routinely broken, I refer to these little pearls as merely “suggestions.”</i><p><i>There is nothing original about this list. It has all been said before by writers much smarter than me. I’ve just arranged things differently, and I keep changing them as the years</i> …

Creative Writing

Chronicling a Non-Chronological Story: Writing a Dual Timeline Novel

Julie Carrick Dalton has published more than a thousand articles in <i>The Boston Globe,</i> <i>BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter,</i> and other …

Creative Writing

5 Things Fiction Writers Do That Annoy Readers

[Don’t miss your chance to enter the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition! Impress us with your best story in 1500 words or fewer. Deadline …

Creative Writing

Storyteller’s Rulebook: The Pros and Cons of Adding a Murder Mystery

One of the best ways to strengthen the spine of any book is to add a murder-mystery element. The first three Harry Potter books have an (attempted) …

Murder Mystery

How to Revise Your Story Like a Pro

It’s suddenly 2018. Have you set an awesome writing goal for yourself this year?I have, and I’m incredibly excited about it!For some of us, that goal …

Creative Writing

How To Keep Readers Glued To Your Stories — Master The Art Of Tension

I love listening to good fiction on Audible. You really notice the nuances of how the writer creates the feeling of anticipation.<p>Anticipation results …

Creative Writing

5 Story Formulas That Make People Cry

Someone once gave me this writing advice.All writing must elicit an emotional response in your reader.His advice pertained to copywriting and sales …

Want The Secrets Of A Great Chase Scene?

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 59<p>Chase scenes: you know a good one when you see it, but they can still be difficult to dissect. Why does one chase …

Creative Writing

More on Constructing Compelling Characters

Chinatown is replete with compelling charactersAs has been suggested in previous posts, <b>compelling characters</b> are the lifeblood of any story.Learning …

Creative Writing

How to Overcome Inner Challenges to Become a Successful Writer

I remember looking outside my bedroom window a few years ago and wondering if anyone would ever read my writing. When I first started putting pen to paper, I was a little naive as to what it would actually take to make my book a success. All I knew was that I had a burning desire to share the …

Creative Writing

The Hack’s Guide to Writing a Perfect First Chapter

<i>Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets,</i> …

Writing