The Star Wars Prequels: How Writers Can Avoid Their Storytelling Mistakes

The Star Wars Prequels: How Writers Can Avoid Their Storytelling Mistakes

There were many missteps in the "Star Wars" prequel films, not least of all the invention of Jar-Jar Binks. Here's how to avoid those same mistakes in your work. How wude!

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How Planning a Novel Saves Writing Time for New Novelists

How Planning a Novel Saves Writing Time for New Novelists

Are you a new writer? Discover why planning speeds up your writing time, and check out these steps for planning your novel.

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Gone Girl's Plot Twist: How to Write Your Own

Gone Girl's Plot Twist: How to Write Your Own

As an author, don’t you want to create the mind-blowing plot twist that leaves readers begging you to write more books? Do it authentically and you’ll create a feverish tension that keeps readers turning the pages to see how this new twist will play out next. Or you’ll end on a final piece of information that changes everything, resonating with readers long after the last page. Here’s how it works.

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How to Conquer Your Novel’s Middle

How to Conquer Your Novel’s Middle

In this article, we cover how to create a lively middle in your novel that keeps readers engaged.

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Is Show, Don't Tell Good Advice?

Is Show, Don't Tell Good Advice?

Is "show, don't tell" useful writing advice? Author Kyle A. Massa goes deep on the subject in this article.

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How to Build an Outline

How to Build an Outline

If you plot a novel beforehand, it leaves your creative mind free to focus on constructing scenes and sentences. In this article, New York Times best-selling author David Farland teaches his methods for plotting engaging books.

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Writing App Reviews… Scrivener

Writing App Reviews… Scrivener

As a writer, I’d heard about Scrivener from many of my peers, but for whatever reason (pure obstinance, probably), I stuck with my old word processing program. It wasn’t until about a year ago that I finally acquiesced and purchased Scrivener. I haven’t looked back! If you’ve ever set up a binder to try to organize the various plans and ideas for your novel—or even just articles—you probably had sections to hold your character sketches, setting ideas, plot outline, and research. You may have had separate sections to contain each of your scenes and chapters. You might even have had a section that contained nothing but pictures clipped from magazines that sparked your imagination.

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How to Improve Your Story Arc and Give Your Character Depth

How to Improve Your Story Arc and Give Your Character Depth

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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The Top Sci-Fi Books Ever Written

The Top Sci-Fi Books Ever Written

We culled some of the biggest reader polls from Goodreads and National Public Radio’s Books. The following top 25 best Science Fiction books ever published were voted on by thousands of devoted science fiction readers.

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How to Start Off Your Novel So Your Readers Keep Reading

How to Start Off Your Novel So Your Readers Keep Reading

What are the most important things to include in your opening chapter? Establish your setting. Introduce elements of your protagonists conflict. Raise important story questions. Make your reader care about your character. Read on to find out more!

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Foreshadowing Tips from Alfred Hitchcock

Foreshadowing Tips from Alfred Hitchcock

Foreshadowing allows you to plant clues, hint at what’s to come, build the tension, or even place a red herring in your reader’s path. You can use foreshadowing in a variety of ways. The resulting action can be immediate or delayed. You can use dialogue or narrative to set the scene, and you can foreshadow a symbolic event or an ethical dilemma. You can use direct or indirect foreshadowing, and it can even be true or false. Foreshadowing can feed the tension of a scene. Who doesn’t know the famous shower scene in the movie Psycho? Right before the character Marion Crane pulls up to the Bates Motel, her windshield wipers are slashing through the rain, foreshadowing what awaits her in the shower scene.

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3 Things I Learned About Writing From The Final Season of Game of Thrones

3 Things I Learned About Writing From The Final Season of Game of Thrones

Millions of fans are not thrilled with the ending of 'Game of Thrones'. Hayley Milliman examines what lessons aspiring fiction writers can learn from the show's missteps.

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ProWritingAid for copyediting, Fictionary for developmental editing.

ProWritingAid for copyediting, Fictionary for developmental editing.

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 May 27th.

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What Is Retconning and Why Does It Make Readers So Furious?

What Is Retconning and Why Does It Make Readers So Furious?

Nothing makes a true fan angrier than retconning. Here's why.

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Tips on Line and Copy Editing

Tips on Line and Copy Editing

Literary agents are the gatekeepers of the publishing world. Their verdict on a five-page submission can make or break an author’s dreams. It’s critical to ensure your submission catches an agent’s eye and doesn’t immediately get passed upon.

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