The Best Free Novel-Writing Software

The Best Free Novel-Writing Software

If you think a fancy novel-writing app costs too much money, you're in luck. We've got four awesome programs for authors that are totally free!

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Stop Worrying about Character: Start Focusing on Relationships

Stop Worrying about Character: Start Focusing on Relationships

Relationships let us bring dimension and nuance to characters by giving them attributes that only appear when they’re with another person. Find out how to craft memorable characters by focussing on their relationships, not their eye colour.

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Garbage Sorting for Writers: From Yucky First Draft to a Manuscript Worth Keeping

Garbage Sorting for Writers: From Yucky First Draft to a Manuscript Worth Keeping

Just finished writing your novel? It's time to take out the trash, but not before seeing what you can salvage. Sorting and re-sorting (i.e. assessing and revising) are what will turn your yucky first draft into a manuscript worth keeping. Transform your first draft with tips from professional copy editor Katie Pavel.

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Is Campfire Pro The Writing App For You?

Is Campfire Pro The Writing App For You?

Campfire Pro is one of the newest novel planning and worldbuilding apps on the market. Check out our review of this program to find out if it's worth buying.

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How to Keep Readers Reading with Story Tension

How to Keep Readers Reading with Story Tension

Dramatic questions create external and internal story tension. Create a protagonist who confronts both to keep readers turning pages.

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Avoiding Deus Ex Machina: How to Create a Satisfying Payoff in Your Novel

Avoiding Deus Ex Machina: How to Create a Satisfying Payoff in Your Novel

Storytelling doesn't have to be ultra efficient, but it does need to make sense. If you've ever watched the ending of a movie and thought "that was convenient," it probably used deus ex machina. Avoid sudden twists of fate and learn how to set up the payoffs in your novel with these tips and examples.

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Writing Advice from Jenna Moreci: The 10 Worst Writing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Writing Advice from Jenna Moreci: The 10 Worst Writing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Author and writing guru Jenna Moreci explains the top 10 most common writing quirks and how to fix them in her latest video. Here's how you can use ProWritingAid to find and fix these writing mistakes.

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Mastering Conflict in Fiction: 7 Types of Conflict and How to Use Them

Mastering Conflict in Fiction: 7 Types of Conflict and How to Use Them

Conflict is THE driving force in fiction, but authors often avoid writing conflict into their stories. Learn the 7 conflict types and why to use them in your novel.

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Create Your Own Holden Caulfield: 5 Tips on Writing Character Like J.D. Salinger

Create Your Own Holden Caulfield: 5 Tips on Writing Character Like J.D. Salinger

Writing young adult fiction? Here's how to create compelling characters like Holden Caulfield.

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Webinar Replay: The Anatomy of Prose: How to Breathe Life into Your Story with Sacha Black

Webinar Replay: The Anatomy of Prose: How to Breathe Life into Your Story with Sacha Black

Do your characters feel... lifeless? Learn how to breathe life into your story and characters in this upcoming webinar with author Sacha Black.

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6 Ways to Develop Your Authentic Writing Voice

6 Ways to Develop Your Authentic Writing Voice

Struggling to find your own unique authorial voice? Follow these six steps and you'll be writing your authentic self in no time!

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Who Are You?: Developing Character Backstory

Who Are You?: Developing Character Backstory

Every great character has a great backstory. Here's how to develop it and choose what to reveal to your readers.

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5 Steps to Craft a Great Villain

5 Steps to Craft a Great Villain

Villains can't be one-dimensional or your readers won't relate to them. In this article, Dave Chesson explains how to write the perfect villain.

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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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Are You a Gamer? The Best of Plotting and Pantsing

Are You a Gamer? The Best of Plotting and Pantsing

You can outline a story in great detail... but should you? What happens when you have a new idea in the middle of writing? Instead of having to retool your whole outline, learn to craft your story to allow for surprise—both for you and for your reader.

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