The Writing Process

Essential Reading: the Best Books of All Time in Each Genre

by Lisa Lepki Jul 18, 2018

Essential Reading: the Best Books of All Time in Each Genre

The best way to learn about great writing is to read great books. Writers need to read differently from other people. They can't just sit back at let the story wash over them. They need to be studying the work of their favorite authors and constantly asking themselves questions.

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22 Storytelling Techniques from Pixar

by Lisa Lepki Jul 17, 2018

22 Storytelling Techniques from Pixar

If you've ever seen "Up" or "Toy Story," you know that the team of writers over at Pixar can spin a great story. With that in mind, we examine former Pixar employee Emma Coats' storytelling tips.

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Is Your Novel Idea Worth a Book?

by Zara Altair Jul 17, 2018

Is Your Novel Idea Worth a Book?

Try these six story exercises to test your idea for a novel. Avoid wasting time on an idea that doesn’t work before making a commitment to an entire novel.

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The Best Romance Novels Ever Written

by Kathy Edens Jul 17, 2018

The Best Romance Novels Ever Written

Continuing our Essential Reading series, this month we’re focusing on romance novels, from the classics to the breathless reads of today’s masters.

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Are You a Night Owl or an Early Bird?

by Kathy Edens Jul 17, 2018

Are You a Night Owl or an Early Bird?

What kind of "fowl" are you—an early bird or a night owl? Author Kathy Edens examines how to best take advantage of your productive hours to write more.

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Upcoming: Free Writing Workshop with Jerry Jenkins

by ProWritingAid Jul 17, 2018

Upcoming: Free Writing Workshop with Jerry Jenkins

A 21-time New York Times bestseller, Jerry Jenkins is the author of more than 190 books, which have sold over 70 million copies. Join our live webinar at 1 pm EST on July 25th when Jerry will be sharing the process that he has used to write four books a year since 1974. He'll also be doing a live Q&A after the training.

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Write for an Audience of One

by Justin Cox Jul 05, 2018

Write for an Audience of One

We’re the subject of our own lives. Instead of just getting by day to day, journaling allows us to explore our experiences and ourselves. Writing about what we know gives us the opportunity to grow as a person and as a writer.

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Types of Characters in Your Story

by Kathy Edens Jul 05, 2018

Types of Characters in Your Story

Continuing our walk through of Orson Scott Card’s Characters & Viewpoint, we turn our attention to the types of characters available to novelists today. Author Kathy Edens explores the characters and viewpoints you need in your fiction writing.

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How to Create and Stick to a Writing Schedule

by Kathy Edens Jul 05, 2018

How to Create and Stick to a Writing Schedule

The key to a productive writing life is scheduling. In this article, we break down how to boost your writing productivity by creating and sticking to a schedule. Warning: some math required!

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How to Train Your Writing Mind

by Jennifer Xue Jun 28, 2018

How to Train Your Writing Mind

Writing is both hard and easy. It requires on-going training of the mind, so it gets easier every single time.

Discover how to find the state of flow and stay there for as long as possible.

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How to Fall in Love with Writing... Especially if You’re Not a Writer

by Kathy Edens Jun 28, 2018

How to Fall in Love with Writing... Especially if You’re Not a Writer

Nothing can be more intimidating to a writer than the blank page. In this article, we examine how to love writing, even when it feels impossible.

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Kill Your Filler Words

by Liz McMahon Jun 28, 2018

Kill Your Filler Words

Filler words are words without a purpose. Here's how to identify and eliminate them in your writing.

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Why You Should Limit Your Writing Hours

by Kathy Edens Jun 25, 2018

Why You Should Limit Your Writing Hours

Should you spend all day writing? Or should you structure your time? Author Kathy Edens examines the benefits of limiting your writing time.

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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 Touch Readers

by Jerry Nelson Jun 18, 2018

How to Tell Personal Stories That Will Touch 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 Kathy Edens 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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