Afternoon Showers: How to Use Weather in Fiction

Afternoon Showers: How to Use Weather in Fiction

Is weather one of the most under-utilized facets of fiction? In this article, speculative fiction author Kyle A. Massa explores several ways to use it in your work.

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Building a World Within a World: Worldbuilding and Historical Fiction

Building a World Within a World: Worldbuilding and Historical Fiction

Good stories require an immersive world to plunge readers into. If you're writing historical fiction, you'll need to pay attention to historical accuracy to ground your characters' relationships, motivations, and conflicts. In this article, author Hayley Milliman shows us how.

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The Eagle Problem: Why Authors Must Be Careful with Magic

The Eagle Problem: Why Authors Must Be Careful with Magic

Powerful magic is fun in theory, but it can ruin the logic of your plot. Kyle A. Massa covers one of the most infamous examples of this issue and the lessons authors can learn from it.

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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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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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Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb on the Etiquette of the Editorial Process

Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb on the Etiquette of the Editorial Process

The relationship between writer and editor, or writer and literary agent, is complex. In order to work well together, both parties must work collaboratively. In this post, literary agent Mark Gottlieb shares his experience about how to make that relationship work best for everyone.

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How to Foreshadow like Alfred Hitchcock

How to Foreshadow like 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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Why Narrative Satisfaction Matters: Lessons from Game of Thrones

Why Narrative Satisfaction Matters: Lessons from 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 and Fictionary, the editing bundle you do not want to miss.

ProWritingAid and Fictionary, the editing bundle you do not want to miss.

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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Omnipotent Characters: Why Marvel Sidelined Thor, Vision, and Captain Marvel

Omnipotent Characters: Why Marvel Sidelined Thor, Vision, and Captain Marvel

When Proxima Midnight stabbed Vision, it wasn't a random development. It was good writing. Authors often sideline omnipotent characters to give the rest of their cast a chance. In this article, we examine what omnipotent characters are and how to use them.

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Crafting a Fictional Universe: Learning from Marvel Studios

Crafting a Fictional Universe: Learning from Marvel Studios

Want to create a fictional universe like Marvel's? You've come to the right place.

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How to Create Fantastic Metaphors

How to Create Fantastic Metaphors

Aristotle said a metaphor was “the act of giving a thing a name that belongs to something else.” It allows you to pack a powerful punch in a few words. Your reader can take their full understanding of one thing, and apply it to another thing. By writing, “my cubicle is a prison,” your reader understands how you feel about your job. With just that one word they know you feel trapped, unhappy, desolate.

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Series Arc: The Art of Telling Stories Over Multiple Volumes

Series Arc: The Art of Telling Stories Over Multiple Volumes

What are some ways to develop a story arc throughout a series? We'll show you!

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How to Craft an Engaging Arc for Your Story

How to Craft an Engaging Arc for Your Story

In this article, we delve a deeper into creating your story arc.

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How to Work with an Editor

How to Work with an Editor

The best editors understand how to help you take your manuscript from rough draft to a finished masterpiece.

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