Types of Writing Contracts and How to Approach Them

Types of Writing Contracts and How to Approach Them

Are you working as a writer? You'll need to become savvy at navigating and negotiating contracts. This article can help.

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How to Create Fantastic Metaphors

How to Create Fantastic Metaphors

Aristotle said a metaphor was “the act of giving a thing a name that belongs to something else.” It allows you to pack a powerful punch in a few words. Your reader can take their full understanding of one thing, and apply it to another thing. By writing, “my cubicle is a prison,” your reader understands how you feel about your job. With just that one word they know you feel trapped, unhappy, desolate.

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World Building: How to Create Gods

World Building: How to Create Gods

Gods are fun characters to create. Here's how to write them effectively.

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5 Tips My College Screenwriting Professors Taught Me About Writing Dialogue

5 Tips My College Screenwriting Professors Taught Me About Writing Dialogue

What can prose writers learn about dialogue from the world of screenwriting? Find out in this article!

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5 Tricks for Using Dialogue to Write Truly Captivating Characters

5 Tricks for Using Dialogue to Write Truly Captivating Characters

Dialogue can be about much more than just the words on the page. Good authors use it to build tension and subtly set the tone of each interaction. The words their characters choose say so much more than just their lexical meaning. So how you can use dialogue to create captivating characters and move your story forward? Here are 5 tricks.

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Best Books about Writing Fiction

Best Books about Writing Fiction

Reading is one of the best ways to improve as a writer. Here are our top 25 best craft books for fiction writers.

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How to Write a Non-Fiction Book in 30 Days

How to Write a Non-Fiction Book in 30 Days

Can you write (and publish) a non-fiction book in 30 days? We examine how.

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Series Arc: The Art of Telling Stories Over Multiple Volumes

Series Arc: The Art of Telling Stories Over Multiple Volumes

What are some ways to develop a story arc throughout a series? We'll show you!

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How to Create Mood Like Edgar Allan Poe

How to Create Mood Like Edgar Allan Poe

The master of Gothic horror stories, Edgar Allan Poe could set the tone of anything with a few chosen words. Here's how he did it.

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How to Write an Allegory like George Orwell

How to Write an Allegory like George Orwell

An allegory is a story that evokes two separate meanings. The first meaning is the story's surface, like characters and plot, the stuff that goes into every story. But at a much deeper level, an allegory has a symbolic, heavy meaning. What allegories come to mind? Maybe _The Lord of the Flies_; _The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe_; _Moby Dick_; or _Pilgrim's Progress_?

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How to Write a Mind-Blowing Plot Twist Like Gone Girl

How to Write a Mind-Blowing Plot Twist Like Gone Girl

As an author, don’t you want to create the mind-blowing plot twist that leaves readers begging you to write more books? Maybe the kind that result in big movie deals… Wait. If your writing is a means to an end, it’s doubtful your plot twist will make the big bang needed to get on the big screen. Because you can’t force a plot twist; readers will smell it a mile away. Do it authentically and you’ll create a feverish tension that keeps readers turning the pages to see how this new twist will play out next. Or you’ll end on a final piece of information that changes everything, resonating with readers long after the last page. Here’s how it works.

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Do You Know the Most Important Role of Your Supporting Characters?

Do You Know the Most Important Role of Your Supporting Characters?

Supporting characters are designed to move your story forward. Discover their relationship to story context and how that influences the way you write them.

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Allusion: What It Is and How to Use It Effectively

Allusion: What It Is and How to Use It Effectively

What is allusion and how can it help your writing? We'll show you!

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How to Make Your Writing Stand Out on the Crowded Internet

How to Make Your Writing Stand Out on the Crowded Internet

On the crowded internet, unique writing is essential. Here's how to make it happen.

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Can You Still Be a Good Writer if You Never Read?

Can You Still Be a Good Writer if You Never Read?

Is good reading an essential element of good writing? We explore that topic in this post.

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