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The 4 Main Characters As Literary Devices

One of the easiest ways to tell if you have a story idea rather than a plot is by looking at the characters you include in your story.<br>Beginner …

Writing

9 Tools That Will Help You Become a Better Writer

If one of your goals for 2017 is to become a better or more frequent writer, there are plenty of tools you can use to help you along the way. We …

“Dare to Suck”

Writers, if you suffer from perfectionism, you MUST watch this video!<p>God bless Maureen Johnson! Consider her words to be the Gospel truth. In fact, …

Unpacking the “Character-Driven” Story—How to Make Your Story Sizzle

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:<br>Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Craig Sunter Today we are going to shift gears back to craft. …

Creative Commons

9 ways to conquer writer's block

In the writing process, there will be a time when you get stuck and can't write. It may be anxiety, a boring topic, self-criticism or something else …

Writer's Block

How To Create Conflict Between Multiple Antagonists

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 159<p>We’ve talked before about the benefits multiple antagonists can bring to a story – and how to give each a unique …

Active vs. Passive Voice: Hear and Be Heard

First, a quick overview, in case all you need is a reminder: In <i>active voice</i>, the subject performs the action of the verb. In <i>passive voice</i>, the …

Creative Writing

How to Use Evernote to Optimize Your Writing Workflow

Life before Evernote<p>When my husband told me I should use Evernote (for the millionth time), I stubbornly refused and argued that it’s confusing and …

25 Holy Grail Resources For Writers! - NATASHA

<b>Veronica Roth Blog’s</b> – Ever wondered how to write a best-selling debut novel? Well Veronica Roth has pictures, diagrams and writing advice to show …

First person narrative: 7 tips for writing great narrators

Telling a story using mainly first person narrative has both pros and cons. Here are 7 steps to creating a great ‘I’ narrator, but first:The pros and …

Creative Writing

Nobody Tells This to Beginners: An Inspiring Video for Creatives Just Starting Out

18-year-old Saar Oz of Creavite created this beautiful and inspirational video for people who are just starting out in a creative field such as …

10 steps to writing a book: 100 writing tips (Part I)

Writing a book is a complex process. In this two-part post, we share 50 tips for the first five of the ten steps to writing a book, from finding a …

Writing

The Secret to Writing Well Isn’t What You’d Expect, Says Study

What if the secret to writing well is in how you <i>think</i> about the story, not just how you write it?<p>Martin Lotze, a researcher at the University of …

Seth Godin doesn’t believe in writer’s block.

Listen to this episode of the Moment with guest Seth Godin:<p>Advertisement<p>Back for his third appearance on the show, <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author …

3 Tips to Boost Your Creativity, Revive a Project and Spark Something New

Maybe you’re stuck with your memoir, poem, blog post, painting, presentation or product. Maybe you haven’t even gotten to step one: You don’t know …

Writers Helping Writers: Interview With Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry Photo © Sara Jo West<i>This article originally appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest.</i>Jonathan Maberry has no reason …

Master The Outline – 12 Methods For Plotters & Pantsers – Part I

If you cut my wrist, I’d bleed pantser all over you. Which, for anyone that knows me in real life, is about as ironic as you can get. I’m hyper …

Master The Outline – 12 Methods For Plotters & Pantsers – Part II

Last week I confessed all kind of Pantser secrets. Like the fact I’m a filthy dirty cheating hybrid and I actually sit somewhere in the middle of the …

5 Essentials for a One-page Synopsis

<i>Capture the heart of your story and make it beat in 300 words.</i><p>An earlier post gives you 6 Good Reasons to Write a One-page Synopsis, including ways …

The comic adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Kindred, by Damian Duffy and John Jennings, reviewed.

Octavia Butler’s <i>Kindred</i>, a slave narrative–meets–sci-fi–time-travel tale, was first published in 1979. Set in 1976, it centers on a black woman named …

Books

How to describe: Writing clear places and characters

Learning how to describe places and people lucidly is a vital skill for all fiction authors. Effective descriptive words show mood and character in …

Creative Writing

Storyteller Excerpt: Can Writing Be Taught?

by Kate Wilhelm<p>Mon 8 Aug 2005 - Filed under: Free Stuff to Read, Novel Excerpts | 1 Comment<p>One of the questions Damon and I returned to often was …

Writing tenses: 5 tips to get past, present and future right

Understanding how to use writing tenses is challenging. How do you mix past, present and future tense without making the reader giddy? What is the …

10 Authors Who Write Under Different Pen Names

<b>by Sarah Dobbs</b><p>When you see a familiar author’s name on a book cover, you probably feel confident that you know what you’re getting. Most writers have …

Why You Should Consider Writing With an Omniscient Narrator

Today’s guest post is by Martin Cavannagh. Martin is a writer for Reedsy, a publishing network that helps educate authors and connect them with the …

Creative Writing

How to Know if Writing a Book is the Right Move

6 questions to ask yourself before putting pen to paper.<p>These days, it's hard to keep up with all of the content being produced. In addition to a constant stream of articles, podcasts, white papers, and free downloads, there are also more books being produced than ever.<p>In recent years -- thanks in …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …