Unlock the Mystery of Writing a Whodunit

Unlock the Mystery of Writing a Whodunit

Your introduction to writing a whodunit, from the cast of characters you need to a framework to construct the puzzle at the heart of your mystery.

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How to Write Page-Turning YA Fantasy That Keeps Readers Up At Night

How to Write Page-Turning YA Fantasy That Keeps Readers Up At Night

These are my eight best tips for you to write your own page-turning YA fantasy novel. If you give yourself grace to not rush the writing process, if you include these elements in your novel, I’m positive your readers won’t be able to put your books down.

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The Plot Hole Challenge: Find and Fix Them to Immerse Your Reader

The Plot Hole Challenge: Find and Fix Them to Immerse Your Reader

How to recognize plot holes in your novel and top tips for fixing them. Master these skills to give your reader an immersive experience.

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How Agatha Christie, Ian Rankin, and John Grisham Wrote Bestselling Crime Fiction

How Agatha Christie, Ian Rankin, and John Grisham Wrote Bestselling Crime Fiction

Crime writers can seem like writing gods, but the quotes in this article might help them seem a little more human—and prove that if they can do it, you can do it too!

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Outline Your Memoir Using Fairy Tale and Myth

Outline Your Memoir Using Fairy Tale and Myth

Do you want to learn how to write a memoir using the power of fairy tale and myth? Friend of ProWritingAid, Janelle Hardy, is hosting a live workshop to teach you how to do exactly that.

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10 Common Plot Problems and How to Fix Them in Your Fiction Novel

10 Common Plot Problems and How to Fix Them in Your Fiction Novel

Finding plot holes is half the problem, knowing how to fix them is the other half. We take a look at ten plot problems and what to do to make your story stronger.

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Fantasy Writer's Week at ProWritingAid

Fantasy Writer's Week at ProWritingAid

Want to start writing fantasy? Wondering what the main elements of a great fantasy novel are and how to use them? We've got you covered. ProWritingAid are incredibly excited to announce Fantasy Writer's Week, a week-long series of events all geared towards fantasy writers and world-builders.

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Self-Editing Software Versus a Professional Editor: How to Get the Most Out of Both

Self-Editing Software Versus a Professional Editor: How to Get the Most Out of Both

Do professional editors recommend that you self-edit? Should you use a self-editing tool? Are writing tools helpful for self-editing? Absolutely! Here's how to work out what kind of editing you need at each stage.

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Beyond Google: 6 Reliable Resources for Researching Your Novel

Beyond Google: 6 Reliable Resources for Researching Your Novel

Most authors have fallen down the research rabbit hole and been unable to find the detail they need on Google. Here are six other ways to find reliable, accurate information when researching your novel.

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From Draft to Done: A Full Breakdown of the Writing Process

From Draft to Done: A Full Breakdown of the Writing Process

From first draft to last edits, the writing process is a long and complicated journey. If you're getting started with your first big story project, find out what to expect with our complete guide to the five stages of writing.

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How to Fictionalize Your Home Town for Your Story Setting

How to Fictionalize Your Home Town for Your Story Setting

It’s easy to use your real town in your novel because you know all the setting details—weather, culture, town history, local politics. But even if set in a real place, you’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know and the research you still have to do to write a convincing novel. In this article, find out how to fictionalize your town to use its details in your novel.

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Connect with Readers When You Start "In Medias Res"

Connect with Readers When You Start "In Medias Res"

When writers begin things in the middle, they plunge the reader into things that are already happening. No intro. No backstory. No weather description. Action is happening, and the reader is right there. Find out how to use _in medias res_ to capture your readers' attention.

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How to Write a Novel in a Year: Tips from Fantasy Writer Oz Mari G.

How to Write a Novel in a Year: Tips from Fantasy Writer Oz Mari G.

There are all kinds of writers in the ProWritingAid community, all with very different writing styles. Fantasy author Oz Mari G. shares how ProWritingAid helped her get through three rounds of rewrites before she published her first novel.

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ProWritingAid Presents: Self-Editing School with JoEllen Nordström

ProWritingAid Presents: Self-Editing School with JoEllen Nordström

We've teamed up with Story Coach and founder of First Editing JoEllen Nordström for Self-Editing School. On the third Thursday of every month, you’re invited to join us as we learn how use self-editing to take a manuscript from a rough first draft to a polished piece ready to send to editors.

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How to Outline Your Novel With Scrivener's Outliner and Corkboard

How to Outline Your Novel With Scrivener's Outliner and Corkboard

Scrivener’s Outliner and Corkboard both allow you to view the whole of your project at a glance—creating, cutting, and organizing new chapters and scenes with ease. To make the most of each option, let’s explore Outliner and Corkboard modes together.

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