What's After NaNoWriMo?

What's After NaNoWriMo?

It’s time to burst your bubble. Sorry! The typical paperback novel is between 80,000 and 100,000 words long. Yes, you completed 50,000 words, and that’s an amazing achievement in 30 days. But 50,000 words does not a novel make. The beauty of NaNoWriMo is that it releases you from worrying about what you’re writing, trying to make it perfect, and instead you just focus on getting words down on the page. And that is a serious accomplishment: 50,000 words in 30 days. NaNoWriMo hopefully taught you that when you’re not seeking perfection, you can get an amazing amount of words out instead of staring at a blank page. So, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you’ve likely got more work ahead on that novel of yours. Here's what you need to know...

Read more
Getting Through The Midpoint of NaNoWriMo

Getting Through The Midpoint of NaNoWriMo

We're halfway through National Novel Writing Month! Here are some tips on making sure you finish.

Read more
25 Books with Big Ideas

25 Books with Big Ideas

Sometimes, a book can change the world. In this list, Caroline Jackson explores 25 books with big ideas that had the power to inspire transformation.

Read more
Learning How to Write Mystery

Learning How to Write Mystery

When writing mystery, manipulating your target audience to keep them turning pages is key. Here's how to write like Agatha Christie.

Read more
How Nicole Scarano Learned to Love the Edit

How Nicole Scarano Learned to Love the Edit

Nicole Scarano never thought she would be an author, yet here she is: one book published and another due this year. This is the story of how that happened.

Read more
How to Write Romance like Nora Roberts

How to Write Romance like Nora Roberts

One of the most prolific romance writers, Nora Roberts, writes a new romance novel every 45 days. How does she do it? We examine.

Read more
How to Build Worlds like J.R.R. Tolkien

How to Build Worlds like J.R.R. Tolkien

When you build another world, you’re responsible for creating everything from the flora and fauna surviving in this new universe to a variety of species, including man, who inhabit your world. Here's how to do it.

Read more
The Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time

The Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time

We culled some of the biggest reader polls from Goodreads and National Public Radio’s Books. The following top 25 best Science Fiction books ever published were voted on by thousands of devoted science fiction readers.

Read more
How Writers Can Use Meditation to Improve Their Craft

How Writers Can Use Meditation to Improve Their Craft

Focus and creativity are two things that writers desperately need. Meditation can help writers get what they need to make sure they are on track with their writing goals.

Read more
You Don't Need a PhD to Be an Academic Editor

You Don't Need a PhD to Be an Academic Editor

You don't need a PhD to become a successful academic editor. With earnest effort, any scrupulous editor will be able to tackle academic editing sooner rather than later. This article tells you how.

Read more
Tips for Protecting Your Written Content

Tips for Protecting Your Written Content

Many writers have been cheated by vanity publishers. In this article, we examine what that means and how to avoid it.

Read more
Using Music to Mine Your Emotions

Using Music to Mine Your Emotions

If you consider yourself an unemotional person, you might wonder how you can become an emotional master in your writing. The secret? Music.

Read more
Worldbuilding: How to Create Monsters Living in Your New World

Worldbuilding: How to Create Monsters Living in Your New World

Where would a good sci-fi or fantasy novel be without a monster or two? The dark wouldn’t frighten children, nor would adults leave the closet light on if it weren’t for the brilliant monsters created by master storytellers. In this article, we explore how to create monsters in your made-up world.

Read more
What is Your Novel’s Soundtrack?

What is Your Novel’s Soundtrack?

In this article, we tell you how to harness the power of music to write your next novel.

Read more
How to Manipulate Time in Your Story

How to Manipulate Time in Your Story

A flash forward is when the narrative jumps forward in time from the story’s current timeline. In this article, we show you how to flash forward without giving away the end.

Read more