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What is story setting? Mastering writing time and place

What is the setting of a story? Setting has two broad elements: Place and time. In a novel, it’s where and when the events of your chapters unfold. …

Creative Writing

Behind the Scenes of Getting a Young Adult Novel Published

Young adult books are wildly popular with readers of all ages. A debut YA novelist explains why.<p>What is a young adult novel?<p>“It’s a good question,” …

Scientists just created a new "super wood" that's stronger than steel

Spider silk has long held the record for being the strongest biomaterial on Earth — but that just changed. Scientists at KTH Royal Institute of …

What You Read Matters More Than You Might Think

A study published in the International Journal of Business Administration in May, 2016, found that what students read in college directly effects the …

Creative Writing

5 Ways to Hook Your Reader In Every Scene

Many writing books talk about the importance of the first line, first paragraph and first page of a novel.If you don’t grab the reader early in your …

6 Smart Habits That Will Lead to a Fulfilling Life

Whom do you surround yourself with? This may be your first lesson toward a life of success.<p>Do you ever lay in bed at night in a state of insomnia and look back over your choices in life and wonder, "I wish I did that differently?"<p>Perhaps it's feeling like you should've made that transition into a …

Stop Worrying About Your Writing Routine (Do This Instead)

Science says you don’t need to wake up at 5 a.m. to be a productive, successful writer.The scienceWe all have different circadian rhythms (a.k.a. …

Creative Writing

Storytelling and the Myth of Diminishing Attention Spans

For some time now, we’ve heard that in marketing, shorter is better. From video to copy, snackable is now the preferred adjective for everything.<p>The …

Marketing

A New Anthology of Asian American Writing Asks What Home Even Means

‘Go Home!’, edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, attempts to answer the question “Where are you from?”Photo by Simson Petrol on UnsplashIt’s 2018, and, …

5 easy tips to quickly help you become a better writer

So you have just started writing and you have your eyes set on your name being mentioned in the same sentence as the great writers of old. That is …

Creative Writing

What Physics Can Teach Us About Writing Fiction

Sometimes writing fiction feels to me like that oft-used image of a godlike creator: the man pulling the strings of the marionette, orchestrating …

Introduction to Markov Chains

What are Markov chains, when to use them, and how they workMarkov chains are a fairly common, and relatively simple, way to statistically model …

10 Young Adult Fantasy Books You Have to Read

Sometimes we need an escape from reality, and these young adult fantasy books are our ticket to worlds beyond even our own (very active) …

Books

Find The Perfect Word For Your Feelings With This Vocabulary Wheel

Sometimes, it's hard to explain exactly how you feel. This handy vocabulary wheel helps you narrow down the word that best expresses your current …

Feature: Jin Yong's Chinese martial arts novel published in English for first time

Feature: Jin Yong's Chinese martial arts novel published in English for first time<p>Source: Xinhua 2018-02-22 20:45:43<p>by Xinhua writer Zhang …

Language

Storytelling Techniques: 15 Hardwired Expectations

A Reader’s Manifesto: 15 Hardwired Expectations Every Reader Has for Every Story<p>May 10, 2018<p>First, a question. We’re writers, not to mention readers …

Creative Writing

Writing Fiction: Heinlein's Five Rules & Your Author Efficiency

Writing Fiction: Heinlein’s Five Rules & Your Author Efficiency<p><b>How to improve your speed and quality as an author by writing less than more…</b><p>One Size …

Writing

Yes, But WHY Are You Writing Fiction? Stages of an Author.

<i>This post started by buying into another failure of a cheap writing course.</i><p>There are very few excellent writing courses. More very good ones, Far …

Writing

Why Mandarin Oranges Mean Luck in the New Year

Asian cultures are full of symbolism, especially when it comes to Chinese New Year. Every celebratory dish or treat exists for a reason, whether it …

How to sell yourself in 30 seconds and leave people wanting more

How do you get people interested in you when you only have 30 seconds?<p>Whether you're in a job interview, networking at a cocktail party, or happen to …

Public Speaking

Icelandic Author Alexander Dan Makes a Groundbreaking Deal With SF Publisher Gollancz

Alexander Dan, a young Icelandic author, has made a two-book publishing deal with Gollancz, the oldest specialist SF & Fantasy publisher in the …

8 YA Series Worth Binge-Reading Before Their Big Finales

When it comes to binging on stories, why should Netflix and Hulu have all the fun? This year happens to be a prime one for binge-<i>reading</i>, as a number …

TV

Writing Craft: Master List of Story Development Skills

Here's the latest from Jami Gold, Paranormal Author :Last time we talked about how to know when we’ve learned enough that we can start our editing …

Character development questions: Building character arcs

Like real people, memorable characters change and evolve over time. Here are character development questions that will help you link character …

“The Couch to 80k” Writing Boot Camp: Take a Free 8-Week Podcast Course to Start Writing Fiction, or Even Finish a Novel

We've all read fiction, but how to go about writing it? Nobody has the definitive answer, and there, in the multiplicity of possible approaches, …

Story: Addictive by Design

Humans are hard-wired for story. For thousands of years, every culture on every continent has used stories to pass on information of every kind. Why? …

Belief, Emotional Involvement, Clarity: What Every Character Needs

We’re continuing our monthly installment series on creating amazing characters using Orson Scott Card’s seminal book, <i>Elements of Fiction Writing:</i> …

Creative Writing

Infographic: The Book Reviewer’s Hierarchy of Needs

[Enter your self-published book into the Self-Published Book Awards!]In his article “Critical Thinking” in the March/April 2018 issue of <i>Writer’s</i> …

Rati Mehrotra: ‘This book taught me how to write’

Rati Mehrotra's debut novel, <i>Markswoman</i>, is the first in a duology of post-apocalyptic fantasy books revolving around an elite warrior named Kyra and her sisterhood of knife-brandishing assassins. Born and raised in India, Mehrotra crafted the book – deemed "enchanting" and "fast-paced" by Library …