3 Cloud-Based Alternatives to Scrivener

3 Cloud-Based Alternatives to Scrivener

Many writers prefer a cloud-based writing program. Here is an honest review of three alternatives to Scrivener.

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Our Favorite Black Friday Offers for Writers

Our Favorite Black Friday Offers for Writers

As we head into **Black Friday** and **Cyber Monday** for 2019, there are some great deals on courses, software, and books for writers. We think there will be something on this list that will help you become a better, more successful writer. We’ll continue scouring the internet for deals this week, but if you come across any others, let us know and we’ll add them to the list!

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World-building: What You Need to Know

World-building: What You Need to Know

If you write science fiction or fantasy, your readers expect to drop into a new world. But regardless of what type of fiction you write, you'll need to build a believable society for your story. We take a look at how.

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The Best Fantasy Books of All Time

The Best Fantasy Books of All Time

What are the greatest fantasy novels of all time? Here's our list of the top 25.

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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.

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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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The 10 Best Facebook Groups for Writers

The 10 Best Facebook Groups for Writers

What are some of the best Facebook groups for writers? Here's our top 10 list.

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Advice from Kurt Vonnegut that Every Writer Needs to Read

Advice from Kurt Vonnegut that Every Writer Needs to Read

Kurt Vonnegut, author of such classics as *Slaughterhouse Five* and *Breakfast of Champions*, stands today as one of the 20th century’s most important American writers. I can’t think of anyone better placed to give literary advice, and, thankfully, he agreed with me. These eight tips were originally written by Vonnegut to apply exclusively to writers of short stories, but I reckon they’re just as useful for writers of longer fiction.

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Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created

Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created

We scoured half a dozen sites to find the most-loved fictional worlds that showed up consistently in readers’ votes. Here are the top 10 greatest fictional worlds ever created.

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How to Create Your Story’s World

How to Create Your Story’s World

Your characters need a place for the story to unfold. It can’t happen in limbo. A movie or a play without a set and background would be hard to follow. It gives you the context in which the characters are placed in time and space and helps to connect your characters to your story. Even if the world looks like your own, it’s still essential to build it for your reader. In many ways, the world functions similar to a character, especially for science fiction and fantasy. Think about a novel you’re currently reading. Can you picture his neighborhood or what his home looks like—majestic and imposing or squashed and run-down? Metropolitan, suburban or countryside? Do you have an image in your mind of her office, her car or her local bar? If you can visualise these things, the author has done a good job of setting up their world.

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