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I Took Notes on Every Chapter of a Stephen King Novel

Here’s what I found.I’m a fiction writer, and like many fiction writers out there I am always trying to refine my craft. One of my favorite authors …

Writing

7 Steps How to Plot Your Novel and Your Personal Goals

Draw a Plot Planner line for your story (or whatever venture you’re ready to undertake)<p>For your story, consider how the character changes and …

How to Get Paid to Learn How to Become a Better Writer

What if I told you people would <i>pay you</i> to become a better writer?What if I also told you people would pay you higher amounts to <i>keep learning</i> how to …

Writing

Stop writing and learn to be a better writer

A woman walks up to a construction worker in Manhattan.<p>“Excuse me young man,” she says. “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?”<p>He puts his pickaxe down and …

How to introduce characters: 6 ways to be memorable

Memorable character introductions draw readers in. Examples by accomplished authors show us how to introduce characters with entrances that make …

Creative Writing

Based On A True Story: 4 Advantages to Fictionalizing the Truth

[Call for Entries: The Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition | Deadline Dec. 15]<i>Photo by Ryan Graybill on Unsplash</i><b>by Joan Jackson</b>My brother …

Writing

The 5 Secrets of Good Storytelling (That Writers Forget All the Time)

I’m having a harder and harder time getting excited about stories these days. Not because I don’t love stories, but because I <i>do</i> love them—and because …

How to write a hook: 8 tips to lure in readers

Knowing how to write a hook is one of the key skills separating published from unpublished authors. Publishers want to know (among other things) that …

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

16 Practical Tips For Anyone Who Wants To Write A Book

If you want to write, you've got to read.

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 …

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

3 Ways to Boost Your Word Count Every Writing Session

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b> <br>Most of the writers I’ve met want to be more productive with their writing. They want to write more books, produce …

Hardy

Subplot ideas: 5 tips for writing better subplots

What is a subplot? It’s a secondary plot in a novel, play or movie. Subplots are the additional minor arcs that help develop characters, themes and …

Creative Writing

Writing an action story: 8 tips for good pacing

‘Action’ and ‘pacing’ are two crucial elements in all stories, particularly in action/adventure and mystery/thriller novels. When you write an action …

Creative Writing

How to Create a Setting From Nothing In 5 Steps

There is perhaps nothing in fiction that can draw a reader into the world of your characters better than a well written setting. The setting is the …

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42 HOLY GRAIL HACKS THAT WILL SAVE YOU A FORTUNE

5 Essential Books On Writing

Every writer needs a collection of solid craft books. Some might help you craft more concise sentences, sell more books, or create killer plot …

Secrets to Turning Your Facebook Page into an Epic Marketing Tool

According to a recent New York Times article, users spend an average of fifty minutes on Facebook. Fifty minutes! And though this number includes …

New York Times

How to Shape a Story, According to Famous Writers

Stories have shapes. Any story you tell works best if you recognize its shape, then strengthen that shape. This applies to a story of any length, …

Creative Writing

Five Tips for Writing a Compelling Legal Thriller

• <b>Courtroom Scenes Are Inherently Dramatic.</b> A courtroom can provide a perfect locale for drama and tension. Events take place in a confined space. …

Mark Twain's 10 Tips for Writers

Mark Twain was a man who knew his way around the English language. We're talking about the guy responsible for such <i>bon mots</i> as "Golf is a good walk …

Literature

10 Critical Mistakes Writers Make in Writing Contests

You work hard to write your best story—and if you’re honest, you’re pretty sure it’s amazing. You share it with other writers to get their feedback, …

Creative Writing

For your writing to spark fire in the minds of readers, ask these questions

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” <i>~William S. Burroughs</i><p><b>There is no greater satisfaction in writing</b> …

Creative Writing