Two Words to Ignite Your Creativity

Two Words to Ignite Your Creativity

Prompts are an effective way of getting a writer’s creative juices flowing—but not all prompts are created equal. There’s a totally unique, top-notch prompt out there itching to be discovered: it’s two words long and is guaranteed to lead to a unique story. The Two-Noun Prompt method is one of the most powerful inspiration tools a writer can use. Learn about it here.

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4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

***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.

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How to Edit Your Your Manuscript

How to Edit Your Your Manuscript

You wrote a novel! Well done. Reaching the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words in a month is an impressive feat. What's next? The technical writing edit.

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Punch Up Your Narrative Arc and Character Development

Punch Up Your Narrative Arc and Character Development

You’ve survived yet another NaNoWriMo. Congratulations! You’ve just written a book in 30 days. Now what? Kathy Edens tackles this question.

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How to Be Productive During NaNoWriMo

How to Be Productive During NaNoWriMo

Write first. Proofread in December. It’s all about getting the words down on the page (or the computer screen). We published an article a couple of months ago about [ilys]( https://prowritingaid.com/art/375/Where-We-Write-%E2%80%A6-ilys.aspx ), an online platform that only allows you to see the last letter you typed on the screen. You can’t go back and edit—you can only keep typing until you’ve hit your word goal for the day. While this platform may take the “just write, don’t edit” rule further than many writers are comfortable with, the idea remains the same whether you are writing in word, Scrivener or with a quill and ink. Just write.

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How the Technique of Over-Writing can Benefit Beginning and Blocked Writers

How the Technique of Over-Writing can Benefit Beginning and Blocked Writers

If you want to set yourself up for writing success—which in this context means more polished pieces and fewer fragments—make time to latch onto an idea and write the heck out of it NOW.

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7 Essential Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo

7 Essential Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo

For hundreds of thousands of writers scattered throughout the world, October 31 is day of mixed emotions such as panic and determination as the day after marks day one of National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. In this article, Cathi King gives advice for how to get through the challenge.

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Learning How to Write Mystery

Learning How to Write Mystery

When writing mystery, manipulating your target audience to keep them turning pages is key. Here's how to write like Agatha Christie.

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How Nicole Scarano Learned to Love the Edit

How Nicole Scarano Learned to Love the Edit

Nicole Scarano never thought she would be an author, yet here she is: one book published and another due this year. This is the story of how that happened.

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How to Write Romance like Nora Roberts

How to Write Romance like Nora Roberts

One of the most prolific romance writers, Nora Roberts, writes a new romance novel every 45 days. How does she do it? We examine.

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How Writers Can Use Meditation to Improve Their Craft

How Writers Can Use Meditation to Improve Their Craft

Focus and creativity are two things that writers desperately need. Meditation can help writers get what they need to make sure they are on track with their writing goals.

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4 Ways an App Can Make You a Better Writer (Yes, Really!)

4 Ways an App Can Make You a Better Writer (Yes, Really!)

One of the biggest problems that creative people face is how to take their imagined ideas and communicate them clearly and effectively in writing. I dread to think how many incredible adventures, concepts, and viewpoints are locked up in the brains of people who struggle with the technical elements of writing. The part of the brain that we use for imaginative thinking is quite different from the part that actually crafts the sentences. And the quickest way to lose a reader’s confidence—even if your ideas are water-tight—is to present them with clumsy, awkward, error-filled writing.

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Using Music to Mine Your Emotions

Using Music to Mine Your Emotions

If you consider yourself an unemotional person, you might wonder how you can become an emotional master in your writing. The secret? Music.

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Worldbuilding: How to Create Monsters Living in Your New World

Worldbuilding: How to Create Monsters Living in Your New World

Where would a good sci-fi or fantasy novel be without a monster or two? The dark wouldn’t frighten children, nor would adults leave the closet light on if it weren’t for the brilliant monsters created by master storytellers. In this article, we explore how to create monsters in your made-up world.

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What is Your Novel’s Soundtrack?

What is Your Novel’s Soundtrack?

In this article, we tell you how to harness the power of music to write your next novel.

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