How to Outline a Book Series

How to Outline a Book Series

Learn how to plan your book series from overall theme to individual books. Follow these top tips for success.

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Stick the Landing: How to End a Story the Right Way

Stick the Landing: How to End a Story the Right Way

A great story can be ruined by a bad ending. There are simple rules to follow that can help you avoid that from happening. Save your ending and keep your readers!

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Build Your Logline: A Formula for Success

Build Your Logline: A Formula for Success

The logline is not your story; but it is the narrative essence of your story that conveys the high concept, the tone, and core emotion of your premise, and does all this in one short sentence (or two).

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How to Write a Shocking Twist Like the Red Wedding

How to Write a Shocking Twist Like the Red Wedding

George R.R. Martin's Red Wedding is perhaps one of the most unexpected and visceral moments in commercial literature history. Here's why it worked so well, and how you can put similar moments into your work.

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How Many Drafts of Your Book Should You Go Through?

How Many Drafts of Your Book Should You Go Through?

Are you drowning in drafts? In this article, find out how to assign an objective to each draft, how to prepare for that draft and the techniques to use when actually writing it. Read this guide to making each draft count, with projected timescales and a bullet point summary of each stage.

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How to Succeed In NaNoWriMo Whether You're a Planner of Pants-er

How to Succeed In NaNoWriMo Whether You're a Planner of Pants-er

Whether you're a planner or a pants-er, you're in good company. For every successful novelist out there, there's a different way of approaching writing a novel - and they all think their's is the right way. Find out which bestselling authors plan their novels down to the chapter and which fly by the seat of their proverbial pants.

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How to Stay Productive During NaNoWriMo

How to Stay Productive During NaNoWriMo

Are you gearing up to write a novel this November as part of NaNoWriMo? In this article, author Kathy Edens gives you her tips for staying productive when 50,000 words feel a million miles away. Follow these tips, and keep the words flowing.

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Puzzle Your Mystery Reader with Evidence, Clues and Red Herrings

Puzzle Your Mystery Reader with Evidence, Clues and Red Herrings

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!"

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Editing Your First Draft: From Garbage to Greatness

Editing Your First Draft: From Garbage to Greatness

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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Satisfy Your Reader by Setting Up Your Payoffs

Satisfy Your Reader by Setting Up Your Payoffs

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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Tell Engaging Stories: From Business Presentations to Novels

Tell Engaging Stories: From Business Presentations to Novels

Stories have been with us since the beginning of time. Before the written word, if you wanted to pass information to the next generation, you told a story. The same is true today. We’re all storytellers. Storytelling is a skill anyone can learn and it’s one you need for both speaking and writing. Here’s how to hone your skills and captivate others’ attention.

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What are examples of conflict?

What are examples of conflict?

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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The Roadmap to Novel Writing Success!

The Roadmap to Novel Writing Success!

Writing a novel is a long, hard slog, but following this roadmap will help you to avoid wasted time staring at blank screens, going down blind alleys and writing dozens of scenes that have no place in the final novel. Get started today!

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Breathe Life into your Story, Characters and Scenes with Sacha Black

Breathe Life into your Story, Characters and Scenes 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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How to Teach Story Endings: Simple Tips, Examples and Classroom Ideas

How to Teach Story Endings: Simple Tips, Examples and Classroom Ideas

Struggling with story endings? Use these examples, activities, and planning suggestions to help you teach your students how to make them effective.

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