The Writing Process

What is Exposition?

by Hayley Milliman Oct 20, 2018

What is Exposition?

Any and all storytelling requires exposition – the explanation of how Character X got from Point A to Point B and then later to Point C. In this article, we examine what exposition is and how to use it in your work.

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Google Keep: The Tool for Marketing Authors

by Zara Altair Oct 17, 2018

Google Keep: The Tool for Marketing Authors

Authors can use Google Keep for everything from story research and characters to marketing. Find your notes fast with this easy-to-use application.

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The Perils of Relying Too Much on Your Editing Tool

by Kathy Edens Oct 17, 2018

The Perils of Relying Too Much on Your Editing Tool

An editing tool is a writer’s best friend. But there comes a time in every writer’s life when you shouldn’t rely on your tool. You need to go old school and self-edit manually. Here's how to do it.

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Literary Devices: Does Anyone Use Hubris Today?

by ProWritingAid Oct 17, 2018

Literary Devices: Does Anyone Use Hubris Today?

Do you remember the story of Icarus in Greek mythology? It's one of the most classic examples of hubris in literature. In this article, we take a look at hubris and what it means.

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What Entrepreneurs Can Learn about Communication from an Algorithm

by Kathy Edens Oct 17, 2018

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn about Communication from an Algorithm

The key to effectively communicating your thoughts, ideas and mandates is through concise, clear writing. Not every entrepreneur has these skills. The good news is: you can learn how to write so anyone can understand you from an algorithm.

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How to Choose Self-Publishing Services

by Jennifer Xue Oct 08, 2018

How to Choose Self-Publishing Services

Today is the golden age of self-published authors. With an excellent idea, some creative juices, the tenacity to complete a manuscript, professional editing, and a robust marketing platform, you can have your work published and sold all over the world.

Choosing the most appropriate self-publishing service is crucial to your success. Take a look at these five routes and decide which is right for you.

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The Low-Down on First-Person Narrative

by Kathy Edens Oct 08, 2018

The Low-Down on First-Person Narrative

Are you considering first-person narrative for your next project? Go no further until you read this post!

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4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

by Kathy Edens Oct 03, 2018

4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

Are you ready for NaNoWriMo?

It’s the question most asked this time of year, right before National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that takes over the month of November every year.

If this is your first time doing NaNoWriMo, don’t stress out too much about it. It’s a huge learning process where you’ll discover what’s most important for you to be able to produce content on a continual basis to move forward towards your end goal of 50,000 words in 30 days.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the years is that it’s not so much about the end result. What you have at the end of 30 days will in no shape or form be a novel ready to print. Depending on your genre, novels can be 80,000 words and up. Just understand: you won’t be finished with it on November 30th.

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How to Write an Outstanding College Essay

by Jennifer Xue Sep 24, 2018

How to Write an Outstanding College Essay

Want an A+ on your next college essay? We'll help you earn it with these tips.

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Why This is Your Year to Win NaNoWriMo

by Kathy Edens Sep 24, 2018

Why This is Your Year to Win NaNoWriMo

Want to participate in NaNoWriMo this year? Awesome! Prepare with these tips.

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Finding Your Unique Authorial Voice

by Kyle A. Massa Sep 24, 2018

Finding Your Unique Authorial Voice

Every author has a unique voice. It's just a matter of finding it. In this article, fantasy writer Kyle Massa offers his tips on how to discover your authorial voice.

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Why a Good Cover Sells More Books

by Zara Altair Sep 11, 2018

Why a Good Cover Sells More Books

Your book cover is the prime marketing tool for your book. Learn the basic elements and how to use them to your advantage to grab readers’ interest.

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The Best Fantasy Novels of All Time

by Kathy Edens Sep 11, 2018

The Best Fantasy Novels of All Time

What are the greatest fantasy novels of all time? Here's our list of the top 25.

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How to Use Deus Ex Machina Like Stephen King

by Kathy Edens Sep 11, 2018

How to Use Deus Ex Machina Like Stephen King

Is deus ex machina "Persona Non Grata" in fiction? Here's the case for when it works and when it doesn't.

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Why You Can’t Afford to Run Out of Ideas

by Kathy Edens Sep 10, 2018

Why You Can’t Afford to Run Out of Ideas

Are ideas finite? What do writers do when they run out? If you're stuck, these tips can help.

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7 Legal Tips for Writers

by Lucy Taylor Sep 06, 2018

7 Legal Tips for Writers

Plenty of writers make it through their entire careers without any legal troubles. But there are plenty out there who don’t. And while we tend to think of the big and the bad suits like defamation and copyright infringement, there are many kinds of legal trouble you can get into regarding your finances or contracts.

In this article, we review 7 tips to protect your career and keep things running smoothly.

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What I Learned About Writing From My Film School Friends

by Justin Cox Sep 05, 2018

What I Learned About Writing From My Film School Friends

The filmmaking process is long and arduous. Yet each step helps shape and refine the film into a finished product. Here are the lessons all writers can glean from the world of filmmaking.

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Writing Character Voices: Channeling Your Inner Multiple Personalities

by Kathy Edens Sep 05, 2018

Writing Character Voices: Channeling Your Inner Multiple Personalities

Think of the different voices you use in daily life. You have a certain voice you use with the boss, another one with your partner, and a completely separate one you save for your mother.

How you say things in each different voice results from your background, your education level, where you live, your personality traits and quirks, and to whom you’re speaking. Learn how to harness these voices to create the characters in your book.

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How to Use the Three-Act Structure to Actually Finish Writing Your Novel

by Jessica Curry Aug 30, 2018

How to Use the Three-Act Structure to Actually Finish Writing Your Novel

The secret to the plotting success of countless famous stories lies in the three-act structure, which effectively breaks a story into a beginning, middle, and an end. But the three-act structure is so much more than that: it gives your writing a framework that directs you while still giving you ample room for creativity and new ideas. In this article, we examine how to use the three-act story structure.

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5 Ways to Make Your Protagonist More Likable

by Kyle A. Massa Aug 28, 2018

5 Ways to Make Your Protagonist More Likable

"I don't like your protagonist." If this is what your readers say, consider these five tips.

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