The Benefits of Story Subplot

The Benefits of Story Subplot

Add subplots to your novel to make your story more relatable and entertaining. Tips to creating a subplot that works, how subplots enhance your story, and subplot pitfalls.

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Finding Your Unique Authorial Voice

Finding Your Unique Authorial Voice

Every author has a unique voice. It's just a matter of finding it. In this article, fantasy writer Kyle Massa offers his tips on how to discover your authorial voice.

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How to Use the Three-Act Structure to Actually Finish Writing Your Novel

How to Use the Three-Act Structure to Actually Finish Writing Your Novel

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.

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22 Storytelling Techniques from Pixar

22 Storytelling Techniques from Pixar

If you've ever seen "Up" or "Toy Story," you know that the team of writers over at Pixar can spin a great story. With that in mind, we examine former Pixar employee Emma Coats' storytelling tips.

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Is Your Novel Idea Worth a Book?

Is Your Novel Idea Worth a Book?

Try these six story exercises to test your idea for a novel. Avoid wasting time on an idea that doesn’t work before making a commitment to an entire novel.

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Growing The Writing Cooperative

Growing The Writing Cooperative

“The Coop” is more than just a Medium publication — it’s a community. And it’s growing. The motto of The Writing Cooperative is, “Helping each other write better”. This phrase ultimately guides all that we do.

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Turn Your First Draft Into a Story Readers Love

Turn Your First Draft Into a Story Readers Love

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.

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Fiction Archetypes that Sell Like Wildfire

Fiction Archetypes that Sell Like Wildfire

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.

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Writing Characters & Making Decisions: "What Kind of Story Are You Telling?"

Writing Characters & Making Decisions: "What Kind of Story Are You Telling?"

Let’s take a look at the four types of stories that Orson Scott Card says comprises every novel. He uses the acronym "MICE", which stands for milieu, idea, character, event. Within this framework, Card argues something deeply contoversial: not all novels require in-depth characterization.

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How Non-Chronological Writing Can Create Character Empathy

How Non-Chronological Writing Can Create Character Empathy

Shifting back and forth in time creates suspense. Your readers can unravel the past and understand the ramifications in the present a little at a time. It creates a tension that makes your books hard to put down.

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How to Write an Elizabeth Bennet Better Than the Original

How to Write an Elizabeth Bennet Better Than the Original

What do we love so much about Elizabeth Bennet? She's strong, and she's feisty. Just because she's expected to act a certain way doesn't mean she'll bend her convictions and change her behavior. She's real, right?

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Writing App Reviews: A Comparison of the Best

Writing App Reviews: A Comparison of the Best

Here at ProWritingAid, we're geekily interested in writing tech, almost obsessively. And in honor of the upcoming NaNoWriMo, we thought we'd do a roundup of the apps we've reviewed over the years. Links to our full reviews are throughout.

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Why You Should Create Your Own Genre

Why You Should Create Your Own Genre

Are you trying to fit into a genre or sub-genre because it's popular right now? That's like trying to fit into a political party when your philosophy is somewhere in the middle. It's hard to find the right fit in either party, right? Maybe it's time you created your own sub-genre or genre. Look at what *Bridget Jones's Diary* did for chick lit. And what *The Hunger Games* did for YA dystopian. And I'm still not sure how to categorize Jodi Picoult's novels. If you look up the genres of her books, you'll find "Genre: Fiction + Literature; Sub-Genre: Literary or Contemporary." Huh? Nonetheless, she's created her own space on the best seller list.

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Plot of Gold 30-day Challenge

Plot of Gold 30-day Challenge

Are you ready to create a strong, thorough outline for your novel? Brilliant! From September to November this year, ProWritingAid will be paying for its community to have **FREE access for 30 days** to Beemgee's world-class novel-outlining software. Whether you are preparing for NaNoWriMo or just ready to finally write that book, this 30-day challenge is crucial for getting you to the finish line.

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When Symbolism Goes Too Far

When Symbolism Goes Too Far

Are we hard-wired to seek symbolism in everything from our literature to our everyday life? Spirituality is rife with symbolism, advertisers use symbols to sell their products, and we interpret a smile from someone as a symbol of friendship. Symbolism in literature uses an object or a word to represent something abstract in your work. A person, an action, a place, a single word, or an object can have symbolic meaning. Symbolism, done well, allows you to hint at a certain mood or emotion instead of showing it.

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