Writing Character Voices: Channeling Your Inner Multiple Personalities

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.

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

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.

Read more
5 Ways to Make Your Protagonist More Likable

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.

Read more
Overcoming Your Fear: Just Write

Overcoming Your Fear: Just Write

Some writers become paralyzed by the blank page. They have a plot and subplot, characters’ voices, and amazing new worlds swirling in their heads. But when putting pencil to paper (or fingers to keyboard), fear takes over and shuts them down. It's time to stop letting fear win.

Read more
Do You Need a Degree to Be a Writer?

Do You Need a Degree to Be a Writer?

Could there be a more contentious question among the diverse set of writers in the world? Should you have a writing degree to write? We explore the answer in this blog post.

Read more
How to Create and Use a Character Bible for your Novel

How to Create and Use a Character Bible for your Novel

Your character bible is the place you collect information about all the characters in your novel so you have easy access to details as you write. In this article, we examine how to create and use a character bible.

Read more
The Best Thrillers Ever Written

The Best Thrillers Ever Written

If you haven’t been keeping up with us over the last several months, we’ve been compiling an essential reading list of the top 25 best books in each category. This month, we're looking at thrillers, tales of suspense and adventure that are sure to get your heart racing.

Read more
How to Write a Tragedy Like John Green

How to Write a Tragedy Like John Green

As writers, we want to make sure our readers are happy with our tale's ending, so we often turn away from tragedies. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use a tragic hero in your story to juxtapose your protagonist. In this article, author Kathy Edens examines how to make your readers' hearts ache.

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

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!"

Read more
Title Your Novel for Maximum Visibility

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.

Read more