The Writing Process

Creating Compelling & Engaging Characters: What Makes Readers Love ’Em or Hate ’Em

by ProWritingAid Jun 01, 2018

Creating Compelling & Engaging Characters: What Makes Readers Love ’Em or Hate ’Em

How do you craft a character that everyone loves to love or loves to hate? In this article, author Kathy Edens examines the characteristics you should give your characters depending on the audience reaction you're seeking.

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Time Saving Tips for New Novelists

by Zara Altair Jun 01, 2018

Time Saving Tips for New Novelists

Are you a new writer? Discover why planning speeds up your writing time, and check out these steps for planning your novel.

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Turn Your First Draft Into a Story Readers Love

by Kristina Stanley Jun 01, 2018

Turn Your First Draft Into a Story Readers Love

How do you create a story that your readers will love from your first draft? Your top three considerations should be character, plot, and setting.

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The Best Dystopian Novels of All Time

by ProWritingAid May 19, 2018

The Best Dystopian Novels of All Time

We’re covering one of the most challenging genres to read and write: dystopian. What happens to our world when everything goes wrong?

Speculating about the future, which usually has turned for the worse, creates some of the most dysfunctional dystopian worlds that stick in our memory for years. In this article, we examine our top dystopian picks.

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Why You Need Time Away from the Computer

by ProWritingAid May 19, 2018

Why You Need Time Away from the Computer

As creatives, writers are more susceptible than most to needing downtime to replenish and refill our brains with fodder for the mill. Let’s face it—you don’t get your best ideas staring at your computer screen. More than likely, an amazing idea pops into your head in the shower, on a walk through the woods, or while playing with your dog. It’s those times when we’re not actively thinking that our brains put together new ideas in astounding ways.

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Self-Publishing and eCommerce: a Better Way to Sell Your Books

by Paul Hobday May 19, 2018

Self-Publishing and eCommerce: a Better Way to Sell Your Books

Simply selling your book on Amazon is an imperfect solution. By self-publishing through an e-commerce platform, you can more directly reach and capture your target audience.

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Publishing your book on Amazon

by Liz McMahon May 10, 2018

Publishing your book on Amazon

This article is a guide for the author who has decided to follow the self-publishing route and should hopefully take the terror out of launching your novel on Amazon i.e.Kindle Direct Publishing

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Fiction Archetypes that Sell Like Wildfire

by Jennifer Xue May 09, 2018

Fiction Archetypes that Sell Like Wildfire

Fiction writers don't start from scratch. They can utilize existing character and story archetypes, personality and emotional types, and the goals and the fears of each type. Combining them in a strong storyline is almost a guarantee for creating best-selling works.

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Characters: Raise the Stakes to Make Readers Love 'Em or Hate 'Em

by Kathy Edens May 08, 2018

Characters: Raise the Stakes to Make Readers Love 'Em or Hate 'Em

Not all characters are created equal. We teach you the techniques you need to grab your readers by the emotional coat-tails with these three character types.

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The Age of the High-Tech Writer: How AI is Changing the Face of Literature 

by Jennifer Xue Apr 30, 2018

The Age of the High-Tech Writer: How AI is Changing the Face of Literature 

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a disruptive force that is changing how we understand readers, select genres, write, and publish books. Authors and publishers that master AI-based tools are likely to succeed professionally and financially. This article discusses how AI can be integrated in any publishing project.

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Writing a Mystery? How to Get Readers to Love Your Sleuth

by Zara Altair Apr 30, 2018

Writing a Mystery? How to Get Readers to Love Your Sleuth

How to create a sleuth readers will love. Check this strategy to build your mystery protagonist from concept to detail.

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How to Write With Conviction

by Justin Cox Apr 30, 2018

How to Write With Conviction

Do you have what it takes to write an amazing persuasive essay? Follow this updated version of the hamburger method and start persuading your audience!

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Avoid Story Stagnation

by Dawn Field Apr 06, 2018

Avoid Story Stagnation

Have you ever read a story where you wished the author would just hurry up and get on with it? That phenomenon is called story stagnation. Here we examine how to avoid it.

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How to Make Life's Hard Decisions

by Kathy Edens Apr 02, 2018

How to Make Life's Hard Decisions

How do you make life's hardest decisions? These five questions will help you make tough choices.

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The Best Horror Novels of All Time

by Kathy Edens Apr 02, 2018

The Best Horror Novels of All Time

This April, we're sharing 30 horror stories everyone should devour. See which tales set readers' spines tingling, followed by our own top picks.

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Writing Characters & Making Decisions: "What Kind of Story Are You Telling?"

by Kathy Edens Mar 28, 2018

Writing Characters & Making Decisions: "What Kind of Story Are You Telling?"

Let’s take a look at the four types of stories that Orson Scott Card says comprises every novel. He uses the acronym "MICE", which stands for milieu, idea, character, event.

Within this framework, Card argues something deeply contoversial: not all novels require in-depth characterization.

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Why an Editing Tool is Like a Hovering Librarian

by Kathy Edens Mar 28, 2018

Why an Editing Tool is Like a Hovering Librarian

Imagine a kindly, bespectacled woman with fresh, minty breath hovering over your shoulder as you pour words out on the screen. Her critical task is to help you make every word choice the best and to guide you to clearer, more concise sentences. She has your literary best interests at heart.

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7 Things We Can Learn From Jerry Seinfeld About Writing

by Justin Cox Mar 26, 2018

7 Things We Can Learn From Jerry Seinfeld About Writing

Legendary writing advice from a legendary comedian. Jerry Seinfeld has a lot to teach writers of all genres.

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Nonfiction Rules! 8 Reasons Why You Should Write Nonfiction Books

by Stephanie Chandler Mar 14, 2018

Nonfiction Rules! 8 Reasons Why You Should Write Nonfiction Books

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I wrote my first short story in the second grade, so naturally, I assumed I would someday write The Great American Novel. But when I sat down to tackle the task, it turned out that fiction wasn’t my strength, and that’s putting it mildly. I had to face reality—I completely lacked the imagination needed to write compelling stories.

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How to Create Your Best Writer’s Life

by Kathy Edens Mar 12, 2018

How to Create Your Best Writer’s Life

Writing is a business like any other. You’re creating a product you hope customers will buy and fall in love with. That way, you can continue creating new products people want. Regardless if you’re a fiction writer or a copywriter, you run your own business. And you must approach it like a business if you want to be successful.

Fiction writers who understand the publishing industry and what readers want will thrive. Copywriters who can engage and compel readers to act will succeed. Both must become master marketers to promote their business and make money.

Here are the building blocks of a solid business that will help you create your best writer’s life.

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