Character Transformation: Change is in the Air

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]

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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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