The Writing Process

Growing The Writing Cooperative

by Stella J. McKenna Jun 18, 2018

Growing The Writing Cooperative

“The Coop” is more than just a Medium publication — it’s a community. And it’s growing.

The motto of The Writing Cooperative is, “Helping each other write better”. This phrase ultimately guides all that we do.

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How Writing Can Help You Through Your Grief

by Jennifer Xue Jun 18, 2018

How Writing Can Help You Through Your Grief

Writing has healing power. When you're grieving, use it to find your inner strength back and start a new chapter in life.

The key is being non-judgemental with yourself. Write freely and fearlessly.

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The Best Ever Mystery Novels

by Kathy Edens Jun 18, 2018

The Best Ever Mystery Novels

Mystery. Suspense. Who doesn’t love a good brain twister, especially when you don’t find out until the end whodunnit? There are some big names on the list, but others might surprise you. Is your favourite yarn in there?

Let’s take a look at the best 25 mysteries ever written.

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How to Tell Personal Stories That Will pos and cons of sunflower seedsTouch Readers

by ProWritingAid Jun 18, 2018

How to Tell Personal Stories That Will pos and cons of sunflower seedsTouch Readers

How do you write a story that moves your readers?

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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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