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Use a story structure to make writing your novel a lot easier

Story telling is often very hard and I think, at times, authors do things that make it even harder. Things like starting to write when you don’t have …

Writing

Writing Monsters: How to Craft Believably Terrifying Creatures to Enhance Your Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

Overview<p>Writing Monsters: How to Craft Believably Terrifying Creatures to Enhance Your Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction by Philip Athans<p>Monsters …

Science Fiction

12 tips for anyone wanting to write a book

Hi, me again.I thought it’d be fun to put together a list of what I think are the best tips for anybody wanting to write a book.Writing a book is a …

Creative Writing

Advice from Kurt Vonnegut that Every Writer Needs to Read

I can give you professional writing advice until the cows come home, but at the end of the day, I’m not a bestselling author or a member of America’s …

The Importance of Sentence Length in Writing

First published in 1985, <i>100 Ways to Improve Your Writing</i>, is a book by author Gary Provost that is loaded with constructive tips for writers of all …

How to Write a Book Using an Outline

So, you’ve got a great idea for a book. You have a clear picture of the opening scenes and the climactic scene, and maybe some scenes in between, so …

Want to Write a Killer Book? Learn How to Write a Killer Book Essay First, in 5 Easy Steps

Turns out those annoying writing assignments were good for something, after all…Continue reading on The Writing Cooperative »

Lego

36 Tips for Writing Just About Anything

Basic tips for writing just about anything.There’s a lot more to writing than typing words.Writing well takes years of study, practice, and …

Creative Writing

25 Writing Contests in July 2018 — No entry fees

There are more than two dozen free writing contests in July, some of which offer substantial prizes. Every genre, form, and style is covered, from …

An Award-Winning Author Says This Should Be the Goal of Everything You Write

Methods may differ, but the goal is the same.<p>George Saunders is an American author who contributes essays and short stories to <i>The New Yorker</i> and several other publications. Saunders has published several volumes of his short stories, for which he's received prestigious writing awards, including the …

How to Turn Great Ideas into Exciting Plots

This is the one thing you need.<p>Eureka!…Now what?<p>Ever so often you get that flash of inspiration, the lightning bolt of FUN IDEA, the quirky character …

Setup

Here’s How to Write a Book in 100 Days: 10 Steps

“Have you ever had a great book idea, tried to write it, and then failed?” I’ve asked this question to thousands of writers, and over eighty percent …

Characters don’t have to be likable to be lovable

Talking about “likability” in fiction ignores what the greatest literature does.<p>One of the most illuminating — and often rewarding — parts about having a novel published is the ability to see your work through the eyes of readers. In the months of lead-up to the publication of my novel, <i>Social</i> …

George Eliot

How to Write a Book Series Without Messing Things Up

Writing series are all the rage right now in fiction. Everyone is fighting for readers’ attention. Once you have it, a great way to keep it is to …

Learning to Write Characters Who Make Me Feel Less Alone

Early on in my MFA, I workshopped a chapter of my novel I had reworked several times already and thought was particularly strong. I was in the habit …

Write only for the sake of writing.

Sometimes I think it is better to write only for the sake of writing and not as an attention seeker trying to grab someone’s time when they don’t …

How I Learned To Use Sensory Words In My Writing

Can you feel, touch, taste, smell and hear these sensory words?<p><i>Sighs</i><p>Drops of sweat peek through his shirt as we walk down the quaint, uneven …

Jackson Pollock

Writing Ideas are Everywhere!

One of the spiritual practices which I regularly exercise is listening to the podcast, <i>On Being</i>, by Krista Tippett. Today, I listened to the episode …

How to Write a Mystery Novel

So you want to know how to write a mystery novel. I’m delighted to hear it. I’ve been a mystery lover since I hid behind the Lincoln Logs in Mrs. …

How To Write 1000 Words In An Hour

When writing this article, I had one goal — type 1000 quality words in 1 hour.<p>A few weeks ago, I got the rare opportunity to have a 20-minute phone …

Creative Writing

This Is How I Moved out of Writer's Block

I recently dealt with a bout of writer’s block.<p>What got me out of it?<p>Eight simple words. <i>Seriously!</i><p>So, what happened?<p>Well, in the midst of staring at …

Writer's Block

How to Write Consistently and Show Up Every Single Day (Even When You Don’t Feel Like It)

I get it…<p>Some days you just don’t <i>feel like writing.</i> The inspiration isn’t there and you feel like you don’t have anything important to say.<p>Your …

Logging

Fiction Writing: Improve Your Skills by Cross-Genre Study

Fiction Writing: Improve Your Story Skills by Cross-Genre Study<p>Here’s a grid I found that might be useful:<p><b>Improving Your Writing Skills (from</b> …

Creative Writing

Writing: The Not Too Secret, Secret Ingredient for Success

Where am I going with this?<p>The point I’m trying to make here is this: writing is a necessary process to being successful. Some people write fiction, …

Creative Writing

7 Writing Exercises That Help Me Get Back to the Writing Groove

I’ve heard others declare that writer’s block doesn’t exist, that it’s nothing but a feeble excuse some people have for not writing.<p>I beg to …

Creative Writing

Five Tips to Improve Your Writing

Five months ago I got serious about my writing.<p>This has to be the only New Year resolution I have ever stuck to.<p>Through my experience, I discovered …

Why Good Storytellers Should Be Writers

I know some amazing storytellers — and am lucky to have them close in my life. They can hook you right in, captivate your attention and sail you …

Writing

How to Improve Your Grammar as a Writer

Grammar invokes passion. For some grammar sticklers, seeing a comma or apostrophe missing, or a sentence without subject-verb agreement, can make …

Grammar

How To Write A Novel: Step By Step

Thinking about writing a novel? Don’t know where to start? It’s not that hard, if you really want to do it. I guess that really is the first step. …

A platform that allows you to write short stories for money, like an Airbnb for writers.

Everyday, for each and every one of us, there are new events that could be another narrative. We tell them in different ways that serve a purpose, …