Articles about how to write a novel
Are you ready for NaNoWriMo?
It’s the question most asked this time of year, right before National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that takes over the month of November every year.
If this is your first time doing NaNoWriMo, don’t stress out too much about it. It’s a huge learning process where you’ll discover what’s most important for you to be able to produce content on a continual basis to move forward towards your end goal of 50,000 words in 30 days.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the years is that it’s not so much about the end result. What you have at the end of 30 days will in no shape or form be a novel ready to print. Depending on your genre, novels can be 80,000 words and up. Just understand: you won’t be finished with it on November 30th.Read More »
Fictionary works seamlessly with the ProWritingAid Chrome extension. Not only can you use both to improve your work at the same time, but there's a special offer on the Fictionary and ProWritingAid bundle: get both for just $99 until September 22nd.Read More »
The filmmaking process is long and arduous. Yet each step helps shape and refine the film into a finished product. Here are the lessons all writers can glean from the world of filmmaking.Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.Read More »
A 21-time New York Times bestseller, Jerry Jenkins is the author of more than 190 books, which have sold over 70 million copies. Join our live webinar at 1 pm EST on July 25th when Jerry will be sharing the process that he has used to write four books a year since 1974. He'll also be doing a live Q&A after the training.Read More »
How do you create a story that your readers will love from your first draft? Your top three considerations should be character, plot, and setting.Read More »
We’re covering one of the most challenging genres to read and write: dystopian. What happens to our world when everything goes wrong?
Speculating about the future, which usually has turned for the worse, creates some of the most dysfunctional dystopian worlds that stick in our memory for years. In this article, we examine our top dystopian picks.Read More »
Fiction writers don't start from scratch. They can utilize existing character and story archetypes, personality and emotional types, and the goals and the fears of each type. Combining them in a strong storyline is almost a guarantee for creating best-selling works.Read More »
Not all characters are created equal. We teach you the techniques you need to grab your readers by the emotional coat-tails with these three character types.Read More »
How to create a sleuth readers will love. Check this strategy to build your mystery protagonist from concept to detail.Read More »
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