The Writing Process

Clues, Evidence, and Red Herrings: Lead Your Reader Down the Mystery Path

by Zara Altair Aug 20, 2018

Clues, Evidence, and Red Herrings: Lead Your Reader Down the Mystery Path

Discover the difference between clues, evidence and red herrings. Then, scatter them throughout your mystery novel to lead the detective and your reader down the discovery path to solving the puzzle. There's nothing like a good "who-dun-it!"

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Title Your Novel for Maximum Visibility

by Zara Altair Aug 09, 2018

Title Your Novel for Maximum Visibility

Wondering what to name your book? We discuss the steps to choosing a title for a novel, how to brainstorm titles, compare them to other titles in your genre, and test for feedback from readers.

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Character Transformation: Change is in the Air

by Kathy Edens Aug 09, 2018

Character Transformation: Change is in the Air

It’s safe to say that people change. A good story will explain character transformation in ways readers understand it. In this article, we explain how to tackle character transformation in your novel.

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Writing Can Be Therapy [Infographic]

by Lisa Lepki Aug 09, 2018

Writing Can Be Therapy [Infographic]

What if we could write for self-reflection and contemplation rather than writing for others’ approval or recognition?

Writing as a form of therapy allows us to explore our emotions and our wellbeing in a relaxed way. Nothing is expected of us. For writers who often experience a battle with the inner critic, this could be just what you need. In this infographic, we take a look at the healing benefits of writing.

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How to Do Anthropomorphism Like Brian Jacques

by Kathy Edens Jul 27, 2018

How to Do Anthropomorphism Like Brian Jacques

How do you make anthropomorphism work in your writing? Author Kathy Edens takes a look at the best ways to make animals, books, teacups, and more come alive in your work.

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10 Podcasts Writers Should Be Listening To

by Hayley Milliman Jul 27, 2018

10 Podcasts Writers Should Be Listening To

If you are one of those busy humans who count themselves as part of the writing profession, here are ten podcasts to help revamp your style, give you some tips for publishing on multiple platforms, and inspire you to rededicate yourself to your craft.

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Writing Fantasy? Here's How to Build a Vivid Setting

by Kyle A. Massa Jul 27, 2018

Writing Fantasy? Here's How to Build a Vivid Setting

A fantasy novel with a lame setting is like a rock song played on kazoo. A strong setting adds richness and depth to your book that few other fictional elements can offer. In this article, author Kyle Massa explains how to build a strong fantasy setting.

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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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